dime

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See also: díme, dîme, and Dime

English[edit]

A United States dime.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

From French dîme (one tenth, tithe), from Latin decimus (tenth). Doublet of decime.

Noun[edit]

dime (plural dimes)

  1. (US) A coin worth one-tenth of a U.S. dollar.
  2. (Canada) A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar.
  3. (Canada, US) A small amount of money
    She didn't spend a dime.
  4. (US, basketball) An assist
  5. (slang) A playing card with the rank of ten
  6. (slang) Ten dollars
  7. (slang) A thousand dollars
  8. (slang) A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
  9. (slang) Payment responsibility
    Are you traveling on the company's dime?
  10. (US, slang) A beautiful woman (10 on a 10-point scale)
    • 2005, Jordan Houston, Darnell Carlton, Paul Beauregard, Premro Smith, Marlon Goodwin, David Brown, and Willie Hutchinson (lyrics), “Stay Fly”, in Most Known Unknown[1], Sony BMG, performed by Three 6 Mafia (featuring Young Buck, 8 Ball, and MJG):
      Make a couple of nuns a couple of 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)
  • (thousand dollars): grand
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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.
    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.
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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?

Spanish[edit]

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dime

  1. Compound of the informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of decir, di and the pronoun me.
    ¡Dime!
    Tell me!

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