gambling or playing with dice.
ornamentation, especially of leather, with squares or diamonds.

Origin of dicing

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at dice, -ing1



plural noun, singular die.

small cubes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, marked on each side with one to six spots, usually used in pairs in games of chance or in gambling.
any of various games, especially gambling games, played by shaking and throwing from two to six dice or poker dice onto a flat surface.Compare craps.
any small cubes.
Auto Racing. a jockeying for lead position between two or more drivers in which tactics are used to pass or keep from being passed.

verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.

to cut into small cubes.
to decorate with cubelike figures.
to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).

verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.

to play at dice.
to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.

Origin of dice

1300–50; Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) < Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2
Related formsdic·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for dicing

Contemporary Examples of dicing

Historical Examples of dicing

  • Gaston Carew sat beyond, dicing with a silky rogue who had the coldest, hardest face that Nick had ever seen.

    Master Skylark

    John Bennett

  • But it was never reasonable that gentlefolk should cheat at their dicing.


    James Branch Cabell

  • Charles Fox was a terrible fellow for drinking and dicing; used to see him at Watthiers.


    Julian Hawthorne

  • This process complete, they were placed in trays on traveling carriers, which delivered them to the dicing machines.

    Solaris Farm

    Milan C. Edson

  • He is no longer for drinking or kissing, for dicing or fighting.

    The God of Love

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

British Dictionary definitions for dicing


pl n

cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers
Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection


to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
(intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
(intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
(tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject
(tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
Derived Formsdicer, noun

Word Origin for dice

C14: plural of die ²
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Word Origin and History for dicing



"to cut into cubes," late 14c., from dice (n.). Meaning "to play at dice" is from early 15c. Related: Diced; dicing.



early 14c., des, dys, plural of dy (see die (n.)), altered 14c. to dyse, dyce, and 15c. to dice. "As in pence, the plural s retains its original breath sound, probably because these words were not felt as ordinary plurals, but as collective words" [OED]. Sometimes used as singular 1400-1700.

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Idioms and Phrases with dicing


see load the dice; no deal (dice).

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