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adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
1Provided with a long or tapering point or end.
2Curious, inquisitive, prying. Formerly also: †sharp, acute, alert to one's own interest or advantage (obsolete).
3That has a long nose, snout, bill, etc. Frequently (especially in early use) used to designate a supernatural creature.
4Of a word: long, polysyllabic; (hence) difficult, learned, especially as used in a showy or grandiose manner. Of language or a text: that uses such words; pretentious, pedantic.
Mid 17th century. From long + nebbed.
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