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

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

Origin of dib

1600–10; expressive word akin to dab1, dip1, bob1, etc.
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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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