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Origin of dicing

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


plural noun, singular die.
  1. 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.
  2. poker dice.
  3. 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.
  4. any small cubes.
  5. 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.
  1. to cut into small cubes.
  2. to decorate with cubelike figures.
  3. to lose by gambling with dice (often followed by away).
verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.
  1. to play at dice.
  2. to cause or bring about by gambling with dice.
  3. Auto Racing. to duel with another car or cars in a dice.
  1. no dice, Informal. of no use or help; ineffective.

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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Contemporary Examples of dicing

Historical Examples of dicing

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

    The God of Love

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • War, as a means of deciding our luck, is no more scientific than dicing for it.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • Two things Lord Welter was very fond of—brawling and dicing.


    Henry Kingsley

  • The other Viscount have been horse-racing, and dicing, and carrying on all his life.

    St. Ives

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Not to suffer swearing, dicing, card-playing, or other vain talk.

    Antony Waymouth

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for dicing


pl n
  1. 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
  2. Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
  3. small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
  4. no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection
  1. to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
  2. (intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
  3. (intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
  4. (tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject
  5. (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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