- money in small amounts.
- rights; claims: I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.
Origin of dibs
- to fish by letting the bait bob lightly on the water.
Origin of dib
Examples from the Web for dibs
Contemporary Examples of dibs
Then again, as Goodmann pointed out, “If protocol meant something, the vice president would have first dibs on the White House.”Joe Biden Drops a 2016 Hint by Headlining Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa
August 21, 2013
Plus, Con Ed gets first dibs on whatever comes over the transom.Fantasy Shopper
December 10, 2009
Why should the Jewish community get first dibs at hanging out the ‘now hiring’ sign?Will Chelsea Convert?
Samuel P. Jacobs
December 1, 2009
Historical Examples of dibs
Old Dibs smiled a sickly smile, like he was unbending to a pair of kids.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
They'll never go for England, because England's got the dibs.The Message
Alec John Dawson
However, I assume that you who read this are actually in need of the dibs.
But, hang it all, Reggie boy, what's the good of true love if you haven't got the dibs?Hilda Wade
You hand over the dibs in the morning, and we will tell you where the girl is in the afternoon.The Crime Club
Word Origin for dibs
- (intr) to fish by allowing the bait to bob and dip on the surface
Word Origin for dib
children's word to express a claim on something, 1932, originally U.S., apparently a contraction of dibstone "a knucklebone or jack in a children's game" (1690s), of unknown origin.
see have dibs on.