Word of the Week 1-18-2019


nob·​by | \ ˈnä-bē \

nobbier; nobbiest



Having an aristocratic appearance; showy; elegant; fashionable; smart.

Good; capital.


The casual wanderer could see as he passed a polished array of office fixtures, much frosted glass, clerks hard at work, and genteel business men in “nobby” suits and clean linen lounging about or sitting in groups. Sister Carrie

“So am I, for it strikes me that is an uncommonly ‘nobby‘ little affair,” he said approvingly. An Old-Fashioned Girl

“Well, it’s what aw call a nobby un; but awd better net waste ony time, soa aw’ll goa an ‘see if Susy’ ll leean me yond coit. Yorksher Puddin’ A Collection of the Most Popular Dialect Stories from the Pen of John Hartley

I say fie, and a pox on your nobby nasty chocolate. HALLELUJAH!


 Did You Know?

Nobby comes from the noun “nob,” which is used in British English to mean “one in a superior position in life.” (“Nob” may have begun as a slang word for “head,” but etymologists aren’t completely sure. A possible connection to “noble” has been suggested as well.) Appearing in English in 1788, “nobby” was first used to describe people of strikingly exquisite appearance. It has since extended in usage to describe the places frequented by such people, as well as their genteel customs. Charles Dickens, for example, wrote in Bleak House (1853) of “[r]especting this unfortunate family matter, and the nobbiest way of keeping it quiet.”


1788, in the meaning defined above



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