\ˈdīm \

Definition of dime 

1a : a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar

b : a petty sum of money

2 : a Canadian 10-cent piece

3 slang : a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana)

called also dime bag

4 informal : money provided to pay expenses Executives in a perk-rich environment get used to living on the company's dime [=on the company's money; at the company's expense]— James Surowiecki They hopped a Greyhound, on their own dime, and had such a good time they stayed on …— Mark Ribowsky The boys are worthless, feckless layabouts, living off David's dime.— Whitney Pastorek

a dime a dozen

: so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value

on a dime

1 : in a very small area these cars can turn on a dime

2 : instantly

Examples of dime in a Sentence

the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime

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Harsh sentences have left those individuals serving life sentences without parole over dime bags, not only barring them from future involvement in what is now a multi-billion dollar industry but also taking their freedom. Judith Ohikuare, refinery29.com, "Can Black Women Do Good & Get Rich In Big Cannabis?," 22 June 2018 The Dolphins used Aikens in a dime package, as a pseudo-linebacker, in Miami’s 22-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the season finale to explore the upside of playing the 6 foot 1, 212 pounder closer to the line of scrimmage. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins DB Walt Aikens' evolution as a player continues," 13 June 2018 Rookie Desmond King and third-year pro Adrian Phillips were valuable nickel and dime-package coverage men and run-defenders in 2017. Mike Digiovanna, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chargers notes: Secondary a pain for opponents; Gordon's motivation," 14 May 2018 But that would leave the Dolphins' coaching staff perhaps trying T.J. McDonald as a nickel or dime linebacker with Fitzpatrick in the deep middle of the field. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Mando mock draft 2018: Picks No. 1 to Miami Dolphins selection," 26 Apr. 2018 Making the dime-size wild strawberries into the company’s signature fruit significantly upped its jam game. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "This Incredible Strawberry Jam Is Made with Rare, Extremely Tiny Strawberries," 25 Apr. 2018 Drug dealers hung out on the Central Park side, and whenever a sale was consummated, dashed off to pluck dime bags out of the trees. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York City," 10 Jan. 2018 Condo owners and apartment renters are dropping dimes on each other with building management, suing developers, and adding anti-noise regulations to condo documents. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "With so many new condos in Boston, is it any wonder soundproofers are getting more calls?," 2 July 2018 The cab driver dropped a dime on Jones, telling police that Jones owed him $16.25 for the ride and a $50 waiting fee. Gwen Filosa, miamiherald, "A drunk man took a cab to the impound lot. Then he rammed a Mercedes through the gate, cops say.," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of dime

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dime

Middle English, tenth part, tithe, from Anglo-French disme, dime, from Latin decima, from feminine of decimus tenth, from decem ten — more at ten

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The first known use of dime was in 1786

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English Language Learners Definition of dime

: a U.S. or Canadian coin that is worth 10 cents


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Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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