dibs

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Etymology 1[edit]

Since the early 19th century, of disputed origin. Most commonly thought to be from dibstones (counters used in a game with the same name). Also from dib (to tap) or related to northern English dip (small depression in the ground), or a shortened version of divide

Noun[edit]

dibs (uncountable)

  1. (informal) A claim to the right to use or enjoy something exclusively or before anyone else.
    Dibs means I get the hammock.
    Who's got dibs on the chips?
    • 2011 March 23, “We asked mayoral candidates: Do you support 'dibs' on parking spots?”, Chicago Sun-Times:
      Del Valle has the blessing of a garage, so he doesn't have to claim “dibs” on shoveled street spots himself, he said.
    • 2012 February 16, “Our View: Public Employees Bill of Rights Act all wrong”, Appeal-Democrat:
      It aims to give unionized California government workers "more workplace discipline protections and first dibs on state government work," as the Sacramento Bee put it.
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dibs (third-person singular simple present dibses, present participle dibsing, simple past and past participle dibsed)

  1. To claim a temporary right to (something); to reserve.
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dibs (uncountable)

  1. (dated) A sweet preparation or treacle of grape juice, much used in the East.
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Noun[edit]

dibs

  1. plural form of dib
  2. (obsolete) A child's game, played with dib bones.

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