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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.
Origin of dibs
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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Word Origin and History for dibses


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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