Word Origin early 19th cent.: of unknown origin; compare with earlier nabs, used similarly with a possessive adjective as in his nabs, on the pattern of references to the aristocracy such as his lordship.Idiomsnounjump to other results
BrE BrE//nɪbz//; NAmE NAmE//nɪbz//
(old-fashioned, British English, informal) used to refer to a man who is, or thinks he is, more important than other people What time did his nibs get up?
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