1

nickel–and–dime

play
adjective nick·el–and–dime \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm\

Definition of nickel–and–dime

  1. 1 :  involving or offering only a small amount of money

  2. 2 :  small-time

1941

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1941


2

nickel–and–dime

verb nick·el–and–dime

Definition of nickel–and–dime

nickeled–and–dimed

play \ˌni-kəld-ən-ˈdīmd\ or

nickel–and–dimed

play \-ən-ˈdīmd\

nickeling–and–diming

play \-ˈdī-miŋ\ or

nickel–and–diming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to impair, weaken, or defeat piecemeal (as through a series of small incursions or excessive attention to minor details)

  3. 2 :  to treat (as a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

1961

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1961


NICKEL–AND–DIME Defined for English Language Learners

1

nickel–and–dime

play
adjective nick·el–and–dime \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm\

Definition of nickel–and–dime for English Language Learners

  • : involving, making, or spending a small amount of money

  • : not very important


2

nickel–and–dime

verb nick·el–and–dime

Definition of nickel–and–dime for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) pay many small amounts of money over a long period of time


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a Mesopotamian temple tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ