The front and back of a United States dime.
Origin of dimeMiddle English ; from Old French disme, tithe, tenth ; from Classical Latin decima (pars), tenth (part), feminine of decimus ; from decem, ten
a dime a dozen☆
on a dime☆
Origin of dimeMiddle English, tenth part, from Old French disme, from Latin decima (pars), tenth (part), from decem, ten; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
- (US) A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar. The physical coin is smaller than a penny.
- (Canada) A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar.
- (US, basketball) An assist
- (slang) A playing card with the rank of ten
- (slang) Ten dollars
- (slang) A thousand dollars
- (slang) A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
- (slang) A very small area
- This car can turn on a dime.
- (slang) Payment responsibility
- Are you traveling on the company's dime?
- (slang) A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale)
- She's a dime piece.
(third-person singular simple present dimes, present participle diming, simple past and past participle dimed)
- (US, slang, with "on") To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously.
- Somebody dimed on me and I got arrested for selling marijuana.
- demi, Demi
From the use of the coin in a payphone to report a crime to the police. US payphones charged 10¢ in almost all jurisdictions until the late 1970s.