\ ˈdīm-ˌstȯr How to pronounce dime-store (audio) \

Definition of dime-store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inexpensive dime-store perfume
2 : tawdry, second-rate dime-store philosophy

dime store


Definition of dime store (Entry 2 of 2)

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for dime-store

Synonyms: Adjective

affordable, bargain-basement, budget, cheap, cheapie, cheapo, chintzy, cut-price [chiefly British], cut-rate, dirt cheap, el cheapo, inexpensive, low, low-end, popular, reasonable

Antonyms: Adjective

costly, dear, deluxe, expensive, high, high-ticket, precious, premium, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], valuable

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of dime-store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To many Arlington residents, this five-and-dime store has felt like home for 64 years, a shop filled with nostalgia in the form of licorice pipes, candy cigarettes, rubber chickens, washboards, velcro, and more. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington’s five-and-dime shop to close after 64 years; patrons bid bittersweet goodbye," 22 June 2018 Kmart has its roots in a five-and-dime store S.S. Kresge founded in 1897 in Memphis, Tennessee. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Shoppers lament loss of Kmart as its last Treasure Valley store prepares to close," 1 June 2018 His mother, the former Ida Cohen, worked in a dime store. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Lieberson, Harvard sociologist who studied language, race, and first names, dies at 84," 31 May 2018 The 1907 Italianate building that once housed the five-and-dime store is now Object Limited, a shoppable boutique lodging. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Best hotels in Bisbee, AZ: From plush to retro-kitsch to maybe haunted," 20 Apr. 2018 When the sit-ins at Woolworth's dime store downtown made the news, her parents' half-truths started to come undone. USA TODAY, "Nashville and the Destiny of Dissent," 15 Apr. 2018 The home was originally owned by Charles Van Dusen, an executive for the S.S. Kresge dime store chain that spawned Kmart. Detroit Free Press, "Driving Detroit 2017: Has the renaissance reached the streets?," 21 Dec. 2017 For 117 years, Woolworth’s five-and-dime stores were fixtures in communities, and their lunch counters and soda shops served as local gathering places. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "New Nashville Restaurant Recreates Civil Rights Sit-In Site," 13 Mar. 2017 According to one detailed profile in Forbes, Green started his working life as a stock boy, then worked for a five-and-dime store before opening the first Hobby Lobby. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "We’re All Living in Hobby Lobby’s Bible Nation," 13 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dime-store.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dime-store


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dime-store

Share dime-store

Dictionary Entries near dime-store



dime store





Statistics for dime-store

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dime-store

The first known use of dime-store was circa 1928

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dime-store



English Language Learners Definition of dime-store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : poor or inferior in quality

dime store


English Language Learners Definition of dime store (Entry 2 of 2)

US, old-fashioned : a store that sells inexpensive goods

More from Merriam-Webster on dime-store

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dime-store

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dime-store

Comments on dime-store

What made you want to look up dime-store? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!