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[dahy-sing] /ˈdaɪ sɪŋ/
gambling or playing with dice.
ornamentation, especially of leather, with squares or diamonds.
Origin of dicing
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see dice, -ing1


[dahys] /daɪs/
plural noun, singular die.
small cubes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usually used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling.
any of various games, especially gambling games, played by shaking and throwing from two to six dice or poker dice onto a flat surface.
Compare craps.
any small cubes.
Auto Racing. a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.
verb (used with object), diced, dicing.
to cut into small cubes.
to decorate with cubelike figures.
to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).
verb (used without object), diced, dicing.
to play at dice.
to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.
no dice, Informal. of no use or help; ineffective.
1300-50; Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) < Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2
Related forms
dicer, noun
Can be confused
dice, die, dye. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dicing
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  • Observe that the heart of ungrateful males, addicted to the hateful vices of dicing and drabbing, is as hard as a sword.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • He is no longer for drinking or kissing, for dicing or fighting.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He was at that moment drinking and dicing with Robin's money.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • War, as a means of deciding our luck, is no more scientific than dicing for it.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • But, as soon as the King enjoyed his own again, dicing and card playing were rampant, as Pepys tells us.

  • Two things Lord Welter was very fond of—brawling and dicing.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • This process complete, they were placed in trays on traveling carriers, which delivered them to the dicing machines.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • And it won't encourage you to be dicing and drinking at McNab's.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for dicing


plural noun
cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers
(functioning as sing) Also called die. one of these cubes
small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) no dice, an expression of refusal or rejection
to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
(intransitive) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
(intransitive) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
(transitive) (Austral, informal) to abandon or reject
(transitive) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
Derived Forms
dicer, noun
Word Origin
C14: plural of die²
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Word Origin and History for dicing



early 14c., des, dys, plural of dy (see die (n.)), altered 14c. to dyse, dyce, and 15c. to dice. "As in pence, the plural s retains its original breath sound, probably because these words were not felt as ordinary plurals, but as collective words" [OED]. Sometimes used as singular 1400-1700.


"to cut into cubes," late 14c., from dice (n.). Meaning "to play at dice" is from early 15c. Related: Diced; dicing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dicing



To jockey for position in a race: I had no really sharp feeling about dicing with Parnelli

Related Terms

load the dice, no dice

[1950s+ Car racing; fr the notion of taking risks]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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