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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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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.


    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


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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