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[dibz] /dɪbz/
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dibses


plural noun
another word for jacks
a slang word for money
(foll by on) (informal) rights (to) or claims (on): used mainly by children
Word Origin
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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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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Slang definitions & phrases for dibses


  1. Money: How did you make your dibs? (1807+)
  2. (also dibs on) A claim; a preemptive declaration: It's mine, I said dibs first/ Dibs on the front seat

[perhaps fr dibstones, a children's game played with small bones or other counters]

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Encyclopedia Article for dibses


game of great antiquity and worldwide distribution, now played with stones, bones, seeds, filled cloth bags, or metal or plastic counters (the jacks), with or without a ball. The name derives from "chackstones"-stones to be tossed. The knuckle, wrist, or ankle bones (astragals) of goats, sheep, or other animals also have been used in play. Such objects have been found in prehistoric caves in Kiev, Ukraine, and pictures of the game are depicted on jars from ancient Greece.

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