See also: díme, dîme, and Dime

English edit

 
A United States dime.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /daɪm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪm

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English dime, from Anglo-Norman disme (one tenth, tithe) (modern French dîme), from Latin decimus (tenth).[1] Doublet of decime.

Noun edit

dime (plural dimes)

  1. (US, Canada) A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar.
    Coordinate terms: quarter, nickel, penny
  2. (Canada, US) A small amount of money.
    She didn't spend a dime.
  3. (US, Philippines, basketball) An assist.
  4. (slang) A playing card with the rank of ten.
  5. (slang) Ten dollars.
  6. (slang) A thousand dollars.
    Synonym: grand
    • 2007 05, Ted McClelland, Horseplayers: Life at the Track, Chicago Review Press, →ISBN:
      At one point, Rob hit a dire losing streak. In a single week, he dropped a dime—$1,000.
  7. (slang) A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
  8. (slang) A ten year prison sentence.
    • 2007 September 23, David Bowman, “Torchlit Crit”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      These deaths got him a dime in a minimum-security prison.
  9. (slang) Payment responsibility.
    Are you traveling on the company's dime?
  10. (US, slang) A beautiful woman (10 on a 10-point scale).
    Synonym: dime piece
    • 2005, “Stay Fly”, in Jordan Houston, Darnell Carlton, Paul Beauregard, Premro Smith, Marlon Goodwin, David Brown, Willie Hutchinson (lyrics), Most Known Unknown[2], performed by Three 6 Mafia (featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball, and MJG), Sony BMG:
      Make a couple of nuns a couple of dimes.
    • 2008, “House Music”, in Afterparty Babies, performed by Cadence Weapon:
      Wait in line for drinks, it’s another time out / Made out on the floor with a couple dimes
  11. (American football) A defensive formation with six defensive backs, one of whom is a dimeback.
Synonyms edit
  • (coin): ten cent piece (Used in other countries with dollars and cents currencies)
Derived terms edit
Terms derived from dime (noun)
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Etymology 2 edit

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.

Verb edit

dime (third-person singular simple present dimes, present participle diming, simple past and past participle dimed)

  1. (US, slang, with "on") To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously.
    Synonyms: drop a dime on someone, dime out; see also Thesaurus:rat out
    Somebody dimed on me and I got arrested for selling marijuana.
  2. (US, slang) To operate an audio amplifier (especially an electric guitar amplifier) at level "10" (typically the highest amplification level).
    I get the best-sounding sustain and smooth harmonic distortion when I run the amp dimed.

References edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “dime”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Italian edit

Noun edit

dime f

  1. plural of dima

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Verb edit

dime

  1. imperative singular of dezir with first-person singular pronoun attached: tell me.
    • 1979, Kamelia Shahar, “La verdadera felisidad”, in Aki Yerushalayim, number 1:
      Eliau Anavi ke lo estava mirando d'enfrente se aserko de el i le disho: Dime ombre, deke estas de negra umor ?
      The prophet Elijah, who was watching him from in front, approached him and said: Tell me, man, why are you in a bad mood?

Norwegian Bokmål edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English. Ultimately from Latin decimus (tenth).

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

dime m (definite singular dimen, indefinite plural dimes, definite plural dimene)

  1. a dime

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Norwegian Nynorsk edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English. Ultimately from Latin decimus (tenth).

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

dime m (definite singular dimen, indefinite plural dimes, definite plural dimane)

  1. a dime

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Verb edit

dime

  1. second-person singular imperative of decir combined with me

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