Main definitions of nob in English

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nob1

noun

British
informal
  • A person of wealth or high social position.

    ‘it was quite a do—all the nobs were there’
    • ‘I really think the big nobs were here to see if we should begin production of the 5 series or the 7 series at the Amata City plant.’
    • ‘He once famously warned the Government that British television was being turned into a two-tier system: ‘Telly for the nobs and telly for the slobs’.’
    • ‘Previously chicken was regarded as mere peasant food, but the ever socially aspirant Portuguese saw the nobs taking an interest in the chicken stones and started to eat more chicken and chicken related products.’
    • ‘It is good, of course, for the nobs to get about a bit and see how the other half lives; but this will not necessarily benefit anybody but themselves, whereas joining a political organisation might bring the masses real gains.’
    • ‘We transported some Chelsea nobs to the art galleries up Piccadilly and we delivered a smiling kid with an Incredibles balloon to the estates of Highbury.’
    • ‘Sebastian was probably the best in their batch, although that was expected, since if Jacob's theory was true, he must be a nob, and nobs always learned to fence fancy.’
    • ‘The whole economy is down, except for the big nobs who can afford to get it back somehow.’
    • ‘The real worry about this is that it did not happen in Chapel town in Leeds, nor in some of the riot-prone ghettoes of Bradford, but in a leafy part of Mar'ton where the nobs all live.’
    • ‘If I blocked out all the wealthy nobs around me I could see only one thing.’
    • ‘Jack at last relented about my going to Tartan Day - but I had to fly on the cheapest economy ticket, while Jack and the rest of the nobs flew First.’
    aristocracy, aristocrats, lords, ladies, peerage, peers, peers of the realm, peeresses, nobles, noblemen, noblewomen, titled men, titled people, titled women, members of the aristocracy, members of the nobility, members of the peerage, patricians
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Origin

Late 17th century (originally Scots as knab): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

nob

/nɒb/

Main definitions of nob in English

: nob1nob2

nob2

noun

informal

Origin

Late 17th century: apparently a variant of knob.

Pronunciation:

nob

/nɒb/