dibs

[dibz]
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Origin of dibs

1720–30; shortening of earlier dibstones a children's game; see dib

dib

[dib]
verb (used without object), dibbed, dib·bing.
  1. 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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Related Words for dibs

privilege, request, entitlement, rights

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British Dictionary definitions for dibs

dibs

pl n
  1. another word for jacks
  2. a slang word for money
  3. (foll by on) informal rights (to) or claims (on): used mainly by children

Word Origin for dibs

C18: shortened from dibstones children's game played with knucklebones or pebbles, probably from dib to tap, dip, variant of dab 1

dib

verb dibs, dibbing or dibbed
  1. (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 dibs

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.

dib

see dibs.

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Idioms and Phrases with dibs

dibs

see have dibs on.

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