from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coin of the United States or Canada worth ten cents.
  • n. Slang A dime bag.
  • idiom a dime a dozen Overly abundant; commonplace.
  • idiom on a dime At a precise point; within a narrowly defined area: a sports car that stops on a dime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar. The physical coin is smaller than a penny.
  • n. A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar.
  • n. An assist
  • n. A playing card with the rank of ten
  • n. Ten dollars
  • n. A thousand dollars
  • n. A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
  • n. A very small area
  • n. Payment responsibility
  • n. A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale)
  • v. To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tithe.
  • n. The number ten.
  • n. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of 10 cents, being the tenth part of a dollar, worth about pence English.
  • Sold for a dime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar
  • n. street name for a packet of illegal drugs that is sold for ten dollars


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, tenth part, from Old French disme, from Latin decima (pars), tenth (part), from decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.

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From French dîme, from Latin decimus ("tenth")

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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.



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  • The American

    Heritage Dictionary's


    "Middle English, tenth

    part, from Old French disme, from

    Latin decima...."

    June 29, 2010

  • My what talent's here!

    A boar's rush of poetry

    Even dontcraiku.

    March 7, 2009

  • just discovered page

    loving haiku posted here

    cinquain's still my fave

    March 7, 2009

  • One thousand is called a "dime". It is a term that gamblers have been using forever.

    - A comment in Language Hat's blog. John linked there earlier @ sawbuck.

    March 7, 2009

  • ps

    'twasn't deliberate I feel

    January 26, 2008

  • uselessness

    your comment prompts my memory

    'twas said I know not when but by a footballer when asked about an upcoming game, I think

    "I never predict the future, AND I NEVER WILL".

    love your name btw.

    January 26, 2008

  • 'Twas deliberate.

    I've never made a mistake

    (And I never will).

    January 26, 2008

  • "I've always said reesetee"

    But I steer clear of haiku

    though I can count to six.

    January 25, 2008

  • My apologies.

    Uselessness was always right.

    Brilliant guy, he is.

    January 25, 2008

  • Hold on there, reesetee.

    I sure didn't get it wrong.

    I've always said "reesetee."

    January 25, 2008

  • No worries, my friend.

    Everyone gets it wrong once.

    Someday, better nick.

    January 25, 2008

  • Oops. My bad, reesetee.

    I'll just stick to News Haikus.

    Plus, I'm out of dimes.

    January 25, 2008

  • I hate to tell you

    "ReeseTee" has two syllables.

    So much for haiku.

    January 25, 2008

  • Well said, reesetee,

    And you as well, uselessness.

    S: please pass the bag.

    January 25, 2008

  • Or sometimes it's like

    Hippopotamus stomach

    And pickled pig lips.

    January 25, 2008

  • It's drugs and Wordie;

    They go together like, um...

    Like desktops and mud?

    January 25, 2008

  • This has gotten weird.

    Someone is smoking something.

    Perhaps a dime bag.

    January 24, 2008

  • Nice of them to make

    Their name five syllables, no?

    (And thanks, uselessness.)

    January 24, 2008

  • Say, Asativum,

    That Wikipedia link

    Made a great haiku.

    January 24, 2008

  • Once cheap, copper soared,

    Til a cent cost more to make.

    Now it's just habit.

    January 24, 2008

  • I should explain, then.

    I meant the color copper.

    Weird little brown coin.

    January 24, 2008

  • Just a copper shell;

    Most of it seems to be zinc.


    January 24, 2008

  • And what about the

    Penny? Why is it copper?

    I just don't get it.

    January 24, 2008

  • A dime is so small

    A nickel is much bigger

    Money is a joke

    January 24, 2008

  • When I was at school

    "dime bar" was playground slang for

    a doltish person.

    January 24, 2008

  • Make that six haikus

    This is Wordie, after all:

    We can't help ourselves.

    January 23, 2008

  • Five haikus on change,

    Didn't even cost a dime.

    Ha! How cool is that?

    January 23, 2008

  • I stole some ice cream

    Then uselessness dropped the dime

    Now I am in jail

    January 23, 2008

  • What a special coin.

    I can see why it was dear.

    I wish mine did drugs.

    January 23, 2008

  • Yes, you may wonder,

    But the dime was on steroids.

    Big controversy!

    January 23, 2008

  • Ice cream for ten cents?

    In 2008, you say?

    Just where do you live?

    January 22, 2008

  • Hello shiny friend,

    I will never let you go.

    Oops! An ice cream truck.

    --heard on NPR (and slightly modified)

    January 20, 2008