Definition of dime in English:

dime

noun

North American
  • 1A ten-cent coin.

    • ‘People often count change by grouping pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, a tendency indicating that, without practice, working memory can deal with only one item at a time.’
    • ‘The woman's face fell as Anne counted out exact change from her mass of nickels, dimes, pennies, and quarters.’
    • ‘It has separate pouches for pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters.’
    • ‘She's more fond of pennies and dimes than quarters.’
    • ‘Now bring something else to the community or stop asking us to spend our hard earned pennies, nickels and dimes to buy this type of trash.’
    • ‘If Jimmy saves 4 dimes in his piggy bank every day, how many dimes will he save in five days?’
    • ‘My son collects my change - the random coins that come from little daily transactions, the pennies, nickels and dimes that build up in my pockets.’
    • ‘You have five quarters, two nickels, three dimes and a penny in your pocket.’
    • ‘Staring down into it you could see the shiny bronze pennies and silver dimes lying at the bottom.’
    • ‘The first day he had poured out his accumulated pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters onto the table in front of his sister, his face had beamed with pride at his contribution.’
    • ‘She began digging through her cracked plastic coin purse, slapping quarters and dimes on the counter.’
    • ‘Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters were carefully counted.’
    • ‘For the change-making task, three quarters, seven dimes, and seven nickels are placed in front of the patient, who then is asked to provide one dollar in change.’
    • ‘Then try alternating pennies and dimes and see what happens.’
    • ‘I supposed it was good that he'd paid because I only had a loonie and a dime in my pocket.’
    • ‘Here we have ten coins: pennies, nickels, and dimes.’
    • ‘Using the same group of coins, help your child make a pile of pennies to equal a nickel, nickels to equal a dime, and so on.’
    • ‘And then she came and sat with me, next to a reflection pool that had been emptied of water, but whose cement floor was scattered with pennies and dimes turned blue from chlorine.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the nickels, dimes, pennies, and quarters started flying.’
    • ‘Instead of replacing the popular dime with another coin, it's also possible to see whether the addition of a fifth coin would help.’
    1. 1.1informal A small amount of money.
      ‘he didn't have a dime’
      • ‘The exact economics may be beyond me, but I suspect neither one of us will be saving a dime on this tax cut.’
      • ‘Any money goes to people who previously bought the stock for pennies; the company doesn't get a dime.’
      • ‘The two things people need to keep in mind is that we are talking small amounts of money and you cannot afford to lose a dime.’
      • ‘Without a dime of government money we are turning thousands of people per month into independent homeowners.’
      • ‘They hardly spent a dime, whereas I spent money so fast, I almost ran out of credit cards.’
      • ‘Not a dime of the money stays where it nominally is.’
      • ‘He stops speaking to May and refuses to contribute a dime to her education.’
      • ‘Inspectors have the right to pop any locks (and you won't get a dime in compensation; they're allowed to do it by law).’
      • ‘Sure, he got his contingency fee, but the families wouldn't have gotten a dime without his help, and in many cases, they would need millions to care for their chronically ill children.’
      • ‘But its minority investors never saw a dime in profit.’
      • ‘The vast majority of dot-coms will never see a dime of profits.’
      • ‘I'm an outsider, un-American for not contributing a dime to the $40-billion-a-year diet industry.’
      • ‘He figured that he might as well live till the whole sham is over, this way he won't have to spend a dime of his new found, hard earned money.’
      • ‘After all, no matter who goes first overall or who slides into the second half of the first round, you're not going to see a dime of that money, and neither am I.’
      • ‘We bought our house by borrowing $100,000 from his parents' retirement fund and have not paid back a dime - another nightmare.’
      • ‘That's a lot of loot for a pair of companies that have yet to make a dime in profits.’
      • ‘The hub deal especially contrasts with the down-and-dirty business of having to bet a billion dollars on a vehicle program that may never produce a dime of profits.’
      • ‘Why did so many investors put so much money behind so many companies that had never made a dime?’
      • ‘Even if you never spend a dime of the reserve, the tax savings on your contributions ensure you'll be no worse off than if you hadn't enrolled.’
      • ‘‘This has been a large front-end expenditure for us before we even see a dime of revenues from the settlement,’ he says.’
    2. 1.2informal
      short for dime bag

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French disme, from Latin decima pars tenth part The word originally denoted a tithe or tenth part; the modern sense ten-cent coin dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation:

dime

/dīm/