An old name for a game of jacks
. Dibstones (Or dib stones
) is also called Jackstones
, depending on what part of Britain
you were from. This term was probably in use starting in the 1500s, and lasting on up to the late 1800s. The rules are the same as jacks
No one knows where the American word dibs comes from. Dibstones is a likely source, but no one knows how the British 'dibs' (the stones used for dibstones) became the American slang term 'dibs', to claim a share of something.