Origin of dibscontr. from dibstone, a jack or a sheep knucklebone in a children's game from dib ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + stone
When you declare that the last piece of pie is yours, this is an example of a situation where you call dibs on the last piece of pie.
- A claim; rights: I have dibs on that last piece of pie.
- Money, especially in small amounts.
Origin of dibsShort for dibstones counters used in a game probably from obsolete dib to tap
(third-person singular simple present dibses, present participle dibsing, simple past and past participle dibsed)
- To claim a temporary right to (something); to reserve.
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
- plural form of dib
- Traditionally, the mother of the bride should get first dibs on color choices, but it's a good idea to check anyway just to be on the safe side.
- They usually don't last long and sometimes company employees have first dibs on the used computer monitors, so networking is essential.
- It involves waiting on truck delivery day for the bags to be stocked on the sales floor in order to get first dibs on the merchandise.
- Ask store management what days they typically get their shipments in, and check back on those days for first dibs on new deals.
- Simpson and Wentz reportedly made an exclusive deal with the magazine estimated at over $1 million for first dibs.