Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A person in authority, especially one who is self-important. Used with his or her: His nibs says we must do it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of nib.
  • n. An important or self-important person.
  • n. Self.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. See his nibs under nib, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nonsensical title: used in the phrase “his royal nibs.”
  • n. A nonsensical title: used in the phrase ‘his royal nibs.’

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of nob2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Examples

  • They look beeyootiful, and the nibs are a great addition to cut the sweetness!

    Christmas Baking III: Korova Cookies with Cocoa Nib

  • The Harvard-MBA-toting, former Yahoo! product designer relied on these free-flowing gab sessions--and other forms of inexpensive fact-finding like trade shows, customer surveys and industry reports--to come up with the idea for a new candy called nibs: pebble-sized cacao beans smothered in premium chocolate.

    Do Customers Want What You're Selling?

  • It was while Tillie was trying out various pen points called nibs that she made the remark about the ballpoint pen being the biggest single factor in the decline of Western Civilization.

    The View from Saturday

  • A tool called a winnower then cracks and discards the husks, and the beans are ground into small bits called nibs.

    News

  • The broken bits, called nibs, are ground fine between the granite stones of two refurbished molinos.

    News & Politics

  • The links, called "nibs," are stored in the software's database and presented to viewers in a timeline, or "nibstream," tied to the video.

    Nibipedia - Wikipedia Meets YouTube

  • I get candied ginger "nibs" from the Spice House, so I can skip the ginger chopping part I don't work for them, I just buy lots of spices from them

    Gingered Lemon Bars

  • The "nibs" should be filed on the inside so that the diameter of the cut may remain as large as that of the body of the bit.

    Handwork in Wood

  • The fact remains, however, that it is still customary at some hydropathic establishments, and perhaps in a few other instances, for doctors to order "nibs" for their patient, which may sometimes be accounted for by injury having resulted from drinking one of the many "faked" cocoas offered for sale; the order for "nibs" being a despairing effort to obtain the genuine article.

    The Food of the Gods A Popular Account of Cocoa

  • This consists in cracking the shells of the beans, and releasing the kernels or "nibs," from which the shells and dust are winnowed by a powerful blast.

    The Food of the Gods A Popular Account of Cocoa

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  • One of Peter Pan's lost boys.

    August 9, 2009