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[ dib ]
/ dɪb /

verb (used without object), dibbed, dib·bing.

to fish by letting the bait bob lightly on the water.

Nearby words

diazonium salt, diazotization, diazotize, diazotype, diazoxide, dib, dibai, dibasic, dibasic acid, dibasic potassium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate

Origin of dib

1600–10; expressive word akin to dab1, dip1, bob1, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dib


/ (dɪb) /

verb dibs, dibbing or dibbed

(intr) to fish by allowing the bait to bob and dip on the surface

Word Origin for dib

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


see dibs.

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