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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from neb 'beak' (11-19 centuries), from Old English nebb

nib

noun
     
nib
nib [countable]
1DT the pointed metal part at the end of a pen
2

his/her nibs

old-fashioned informal someone in authority or someone who thinks they are important:
And how's his nibs this morning?
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