- 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.
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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 — [n] claim dueness, entitlement, preemptive declaration, privilege, request, rights; concepts 278,318,376,709 … New thesaurus
dibs on — (US) A claim to • • • Main Entry: ↑dib … Useful english dictionary
dibs on … — dibs on… idiom (NAmE) (BrE bags (I)…) used to claim sth as yours before sb else can claim it Main entry: ↑dibsidiom … Useful english dictionary
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