noun Informal.
money in small amounts.
rights; claims: I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.

1720–30; shortening of earlier dibstones a children's game; see dib

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dibs (dɪbz)
pl n
1.  another word for jacks
2.  a slang word for money
3.  informal (foll by on) rights (to) or claims (on): used mainly by children
[C18: shortened from dibstones children's game played with knucklebones or pebbles, probably from dib to tap, dip, variant of dab1]

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Word Origin & History

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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