noun Informal.

money in small amounts.
rights; claims: I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.

Nearby words

  1. diborane,
  2. dibrach,
  3. dibranchiate,
  4. dibrom,
  5. dibromide,
  6. dibucaine,
  7. dibucaine number,
  8. dibutyl phthalate,
  9. dic,
  10. dicalcium silicate

Origin of dibs

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



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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British Dictionary definitions for dibs


pl n

another word for jacks
a slang word for money
(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


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 dibs
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Idioms and Phrases with dibs


see have dibs on.

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