slang : money especially in small amounts
: claim, rights
I have dibs on that piece of cake

Examples of dibs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four communities — Richland Center, Washington County, Fond du Lac and Marinette — will have first dibs. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2024 People who pay taxes that contribute directly to the quality of the parks should be able to get first dibs in vacationing to those parks. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2024 First dibs go to significant contributors as measured by joining company advisory boards or having high karma, a secretly determined grade of someone’s behavior on Reddit. Robert Peck, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2024 One thing's for sure: Last one to call dibs has to be Midge—sorry not sorry. Emily Becker, Women's Health, 6 Sep. 2023 The teams with the worst record on waiver claims will have first dibs. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 That’s a whole lot of rearranging the deck chairs, with Pavel Zacha and Charlie Coyle expected to get first dibs next month at filling the primo vacancies. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2023 But not everyone can start shopping immediately, since the retailer’s most loyal shoppers get first dibs. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 11 July 2023 Among civilized people, the following rules apply: First dibs goes to anyone paying for the entire trip (or a large portion thereof). Marisa Meltzer, Town & Country, 14 June 2023

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Word History


short for dibstones jacks, from obsolete dib to dab

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dibs was in 1812

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“Dibs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dibs. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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