noun plural Etymology: short for dibstones jacks, from obsolete dib to dab Date: 1812 1. slang money especially in small amounts 2. claim, rights <
I have dibs on that piece of cake

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  • Dibs — Dibs, n. A sweet preparation or treacle of grape juice, much used in the East. Johnston. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dibs — [dıbz] n [plural] AmE informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably from dibstones game played with small stones , from dib to hit lightly (17 19 centuries)] the right to have, use, or do something ▪ Freshmen have first dibs on dormitory rooms …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dibs — ☆ ☆ dibs [dibz] n. [contr. < dibstone, a knucklebone or jack in a children s game < dib (< ?) + STONE ] Slang a claim to a share of, or rights in, something wanted [I ve got first dibs on that candy bar] interj. used to announce such a… …   English World dictionary

  • Dibs — Dibs, so v.w. Dattelhonig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • dibs — [ dıbz ] noun singular INFORMAL a right to have something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • dibs — [n] claim dueness, entitlement, preemptive declaration, privilege, request, rights; concepts 278,318,376,709 …   New thesaurus

  • Dibs — This article is about the cultural convention. For the UK children s TV character, see Cosmo and Dibs. For the Arab sweet, see Pekmez. Calling dibs is an informal convention to declare a specific right to something that no individual otherwise… …   Wikipedia

  • dibs — /dɪbz / (say dibz) Colloquial –plural noun 1. → marble (def. 8). 2. a stake in a game. 3. funds or money: in the dibs. 4. winnings. –phrase 5. dibs in, taking part; included, especially in a game. 6. have dibs on, to claim as one s right. 7. play …   Australian English dictionary

  • dibs — See: TO HAVE DIBS ON or TO PUT DIBS ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dibs — See: TO HAVE DIBS ON or TO PUT DIBS ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

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