[ dahym ]
/ daɪm /


a cupronickel-clad coin of the U.S. and Canada, the 10th part of a dollar, equal to 10 cents.
  1. ten dollars.
  2. a 10-year prison sentence.
  3. dime bag.

Idioms for dime

    a dime a dozen, Informal. so abundant that the value has decreased; readily available.

Origin of dime

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French di(s)me < Latin decima tenth part, tithe, noun use of feminine of decimus tenth, derivative of decem ten
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British Dictionary definitions for dime a dozen

/ (daɪm) /


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

C14: from Old French disme, from Latin decimus tenth, from decem ten
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Idioms and Phrases with dime a dozen (1 of 2)

dime a dozen

So plentiful as to be valueless. For example, Don't bother to buy one of these—they're a dime a dozen. The dime was declared the American ten-cent coin in 1786 by the Continental Congress. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with dime a dozen (2 of 2)


In addition to the idiom beginning with dime

  • dime a dozen

also see:

  • drop a dime
  • get off the dime
  • not worth a dime

on a dime.

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