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dib

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verb (used without object), dibbed, dib·bing.
  1. to fish by letting the bait bob lightly on the water.
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Origin of dib

1600–10; expressive word akin to dab1, dip1, bob1, etc.
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Examples from the Web for dib

Historical Examples

  • In his play he sometimes says to himself, dib acht (take care)!

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer

  • "The dib is making a fuss about nothing, bad business," said Saint-Avit.

    Atlantida

    Pierre Benoit

  • Dibble, dib′l, n. a pointed tool used for making holes to put seed or plants in—also Dibb′er.

  • No day was wholly wasted if it left Dib Heglin nursing a bloody nose.

    The Duck-footed Hound

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Dib, who knew how to add two and two, would know that the Mundees' harvest was ended.

    The Duck-footed Hound

    James Arthur Kjelgaard


British Dictionary definitions for dib

dib

verb dibs, dibbing or dibbed
  1. (intr) to fish by allowing the bait to bob and dip on the surface
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps alteration of dab 1
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Word Origin and History for dib

see dibs.

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