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Dib \Dib\, v. i. To dip. [Prov. Eng.]


Dib \Dib\, n.

  1. One of the small bones in the knee joints of sheep uniting the bones above and below the joints.

  2. pl. A child's game, played with dib bones.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see dibs.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A dibber (gardening tool) 2 One of the small bones in the knee joints of sheep uniting the bones above and below the joints. vb. 1 To dig a hole by poking; especially, to dig a small hole in soil for the purpose of planting a bulb or seed 2 To move in a rapid, cautious manner; especially, with movement like a mouse or rat. Etymology 2

vb. (context scouting English) (alternative form of dyb English)


Dib, dib or DIB may stand for:

Usage examples of "dib".

I am not going to just sit around waiting for a third person to claim a dib on me and have the doctors come to take me away.

Acting against staff recommendations, county commissioners in July 1994 voted to give HABDI first dibs on the air base.

Little Becky had recently worked out that when Betsy refused dessert, her mother would slice slightly bigger pieces all around and not leave an extra portion for everybody to call dibs on.

Now that we have the schedule for next year, everyone wants to get their dibs in.

Even bowels and skin count as capital dibs if some victim needs them to live.

If I can just get past security, a couple of simple commands can erase the two dibs I have against me.

I want the emergency ID so I can go in and alter my database record to remove the two dibs against me.

I voice-command the database to retrieve all the potential donors within my zip code who have dibs against both their hearts and livers.

The two people with dibs against me are almost certainly hospitalized.

I repeat the process with the Carbondale hospital and learn that Sam Borysko is the name of the person who has dibs on my liver.

But Dibs grabbed his arms to hold him still before he could flail about.

He eluded Dibs and got to the toilet, and by now the whole place was astir with shadow-figures like a scene out of a gold-lighted hell.

He swigged the stinging mouthwash they had on the shelf by the toilet and did his business while Dibs caught him up from behind and finished the hooks on his left side.

He stood there swaying to one and another tug on his body and took the helmet into his hands when Dibs handed it to him.

Joe Piney had told me DiB said to Angie he had the balls to be underboss, but not the brains.