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nob

Definition:

an upper-class or wealthy person

Class:

person noun (people)

Usage:

informal

Plural:

nobs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

toff [informal]

Etymology:

of uncertain origin | perhaps a variant of knob
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

nob | one for his nob [sense-specific] | knob [sense-specific] | nobby [adjective, derived]

the jack of the suit turned up | See "one for his nob" | [slang, British] a person of social distinction | [slang] the head | a variant spelling of ... (26 of 393 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nob

Wikipedia:

Nob [disambiguation]

may refer to: Nob, Israel, a place in the vicinity of Jerusalem | Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond, the Dutch Underwater Federation, member of the CMAS | Non-occluded baculovirus, a genus of virus | Newell's Old Boys, Argentine football team | NoB, ... (36 of 149 words, 13 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

nob | nobs [plural]

[now only in slang] The head. | [cribbage] a jack of the same suit as the card turned up by the dealer. | [slang] The glans penis, the sensitive bulbous structure at the end of the penis also known as the head of the penis. (Also spelled knob.) (46 of 66 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nob

American Heritage Dictionary:

nob

[slang] The human head. | The jack of the same suit as the card turned up by the dealer in cribbage, scoring one point for the holder. | [British, ... (27 of 63 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nob

Oxford Dictionary:

nob [entry 1, British, informal] | nobby [derived]

a person of wealth or high social position (8 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nob

nob [entry 1] | nobby [derived]

Syllabification: (nob) | [British, informal] | a person of wealth or high social position. (12 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nob

nob [entry 2] | one for his nob

Syllabification: (nob) | [informal] | a person's head. | "one for his nob" : [cribbage] a bonus point scored for holding the jack of the same suit as ... (25 of 60 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nob--2

nob [entry 2, informal] | one for his nob

a person's head. | "one for his nob" : [cribbage] a bonus point scored for holding the jack of the same suit as the card turned up by the dealer. (29 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nob--2

New World Dictionary:

nob | his nobs [sense-specific]

[slang] the head | [cribbage] the jack of the same suit as the card cut from the pack: it counts one point for the holder | [British, slang] a person ... (28 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nob

nob | his nobs [sense-specific]

[slang] the head | [cribbage] the jack of the same suit as the card cut from the pack: it counts one point for the holder (24 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/his-nobs

Merriam-Webster:

nob [entry 1, noun] | head [synonym, sense-specific]

"head" [sense-specific] | a jack of the same suit as the starter in cribbage that scores one point for the holder [usually used in the phrases "his ... (26 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nob

nob [entry 2, noun, British]

one in a superior position in life (7 of 23 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nob show=1

Random House Dictionary:

nob

[slang] the head. | [cribbage] Sometimes, "his nobs". the jack of the same suit as the card turned up, counting one to the holder. | "nob" : [British, ... (26 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nob

Cambridge Dictionary:

nob [UK old-fashioned informal disapproving]

a rich person whose family has been important for a long time (12 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nob

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nob [countable, British, informal, showing disapproval] | nobs [plural]

a rich person with a high social position (8 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nob

Encarta Dictionary:

nob [entry 1, British, informal] | nobs [plural]

somebody rich or socially powerful (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861633399​/definition​.html  [offline]

nob [entry 2] | nobs [plural]

the human head (slang) | in cribbage, the jack of the suit that the dealer turns up, which scores one point for the player who holds it (26 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861633400​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

nob

First use: 19th century | 17th century

Origin: of uncertain origin | perhaps a variant of knob

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nob

American Heritage Dictionary:

nob

Origin: Perhaps variant of "knob". | Possibly from "nob" [entry 1] or "knob".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nob

New World Dictionary:

nob

Origin: later form of "knob" | perhaps "nob"

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nob

Origin: later form of "knob"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/his-nobs

Online Etymology:

nob

First use: about 1700

Origin: "head", variant of "knob".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=nob

Oxford Dictionary:

nob [entry 1, British, informal]

First use: late 17th century

Origin: (originally Scots as knab): of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nob

nob [entry 2]

First use: late 17th century

Origin: apparently a variant of "knob"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nob--2

Merriam-Webster:

nob [entry 1, noun]

First use: about 1700

Origin: probably alteration of knob

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nob

nob [entry 2, noun, British]

First use: 1703

Origin: perhaps from nob

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nob show=1

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

nob

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nob"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nob

Cambridge Dictionary:

nob [UK old-fashioned informal disapproving]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "nob"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nob

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nob [countable, British, informal, showing disapproval] | nobs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nob"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nob

the Free Dictionary:

nob

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "nob"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "nob"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "nob" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/nob

Google Dictionary:

nob | nobs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nob"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

nob

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nob" by speech synthesizer

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