: a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar
: a petty sum of money
: a Canadian 10-cent piece
slang : a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana)

called also dime bag

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
basketball, informal : assist entry 2 sense 2
Harden ended up recording his first triple-double of the season with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He delivered seven dimes to Capela … Tim MacMahon
often used with drop
Not only was he scoring in the post and grabbing rebounds, he also was dropping dimes [=making passes to enable teammates to score] including a flashy pass to Chance Coyle. Hendrix Magley
a dime a dozen
: so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value
on a dime
: in a very small area
these cars can turn on a dime

Example Sentences

the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime
Recent Examples on the Web Nursing homes and jails don’t have the finances or capability to contract with new suppliers on a dime. Megan Ranney, CNN, 28 Nov. 2022 Disney on a dime:How to save without sacrificing the magic How long has this been going on, since Disney World's beginning? Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2022 The visual perspectives change on a dime, often wittily. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 With the Jazz up two late in regulation, Wolves point guard D’Angelo Russell decided to iso the longtime veteran, then busted out a wicked behind-the-back crossover that enabled him to stop on a dime, while Conley slipped and tumbled into the paint. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 Left out of funding was about $5 million to build a skywalk connecting the convention center to the Marriott hotel at Key Tower, which the majority of council members seemed to favor, but not entirely on the county’s dime. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 This was a dime to WR Jaylen Waddle on an out route. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2022 For example: Enron reported a profit as soon as contract to provide power to another company — even though a dime had not yet been paid, and even though the actual profit depended on the hope of falling energy prices coming to fruition. Joel Mathis, The Week, 15 Nov. 2022 So there was an edge of honesty in the champagne silliness — an admission that, yes, this was a show made by the guys who flew to Cuba on Bezos' dime to make a gaseously pointless musical whatever. Darren Franich, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dime was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a U.S. coin worth frac::1/10 dollar

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