Pronunciation Noun

nib (plural nibs)

  1. The tip of a pen or tool that touches the surface, transferring ink to paper.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      Slowly welling from the point of her gold nib, pale blue ink dissolved the full stop; for there her pen stuck; her eyes fixed, and tears slowly filled them.
  2. The bill or beak of a bird; the neb.
  3. Bits of trapped dust or other foreign material that form imperfections in painted or varnished surfaces.
  4. A piece of a roasted, hulled cocoa bean.
  5. A small and pointed thing or part; a point; a prong.
  6. One of the handles projecting from a scythe snath.
  7. The shaft of a wagon.
  • (handle projecting from a scythe snath) thole
Translations Translations Verb

nib (nibs, present participle nibbing; past and past participle nibbed)

  1. (transitive) To fit (a pen) with a nib.


nib (not comparable)

  1. Of a product that is the subject of a consumer sale: new and still in its original packaging; not used.

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