One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An iron with a heavy, lofted head, such as a nine-iron, used especially for playing out of bunkers.
- ‘Poile, who had grown up on Wodehouse's golfing yarns, discovered that the modern game was not just about irons and niblicks.’
- ‘I cannot believe I am old enough to have played with a niblick, but I did.’
- ‘‘The history of clubs is evolutionary,’ he contends, ‘from niblicks to muscle-back blades to cavity backs to now this.’’
- ‘Some were born to golfers, and golf; others came to the game unbidden, of parents who wouldn't know a niblick from a noodle.’
- ‘He knows the right way to wrap his fingers around his niblick!’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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