- a cupronickel-clad coin of the U.S. and Canada, the 10th part of a dollar, equal to 10 cents.
- ten dollars.
- a 10-year prison sentence.
- dime bag.
- a dime a dozen, Informal. so abundant that the value has decreased; readily available.
Origin of dime
Related Words for dimereveal, quarters, silver, copper, pennies, nickels, disclose, show, unmask, stool, evince, manifest, inform, tattle, spill, snitch, sing, uncover, tell, squeal
Examples from the Web for dime
Contemporary Examples of dime
Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
He spun three times, stopped on a dime, and flashed the familiar “jazz hands” pose before walking away.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
We've turned on the dime in terms of our expectation for them.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Sept 14
September 14, 2014
The first movie—3:10 to Yuma—starred Glenn Ford and came from a 1953 story that had appeared in Dime Western.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
Historical Examples of dime
They were mostly Beadle's Dime Novels, which had a great sale at the time.
I won't be back for dinner, so you can put in your time reading my Dime Novels.
Josie was offering him a dime; he accepted it without question.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"The hell with you," Danny said to Mattup, and gave him a dime and a penny.Goodbye, Dead Man!
Tom W. Harris
Why do you stand there starin' at me as if I was some sort of dime show curiosity?The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a coin of the US and Canada, worth one tenth of a dollar or ten cents
- a dime a dozen very cheap or common
Word Origin for dime
chosen 1786 as name for U.S. 10 cent coin, from dime "a tenth, tithe" (late 14c.), from Old French disme (Modern French dîme) "a tenth part," from Latin decima (pars) "tenth (part)," from decem "ten" (see ten).
The verb meaning "to inform" (on someone) is 1960s, from the then-cost of a pay phone call. A dime a dozen "almost worthless" first recorded 1930. Phrase stop on a dime attested by 1954 (a dime being the physically smallest unit of U.S. currency).
In addition to the idiom beginning with dime
- dime a dozen
- drop a dime
- get off the dime
- not worth a dime
on a dime.