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[dim] /dɪm/
adjective, dimmer, dimmest.
1.
not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light:
a dim room; a dim flashlight.
2.
not seen clearly or in detail; indistinct:
a dim object in the distance.
3.
not clear to the mind; vague:
a dim idea.
4.
not brilliant; dull in luster:
a dim color.
5.
not clear or distinct to the senses; faint:
a dim sound.
6.
not seeing clearly:
eyes dim with tears.
7.
tending to be unfavorable; not likely to happen, succeed, be favorable, etc.:
a dim chance of winning.
8.
not understanding clearly.
9.
rather stupid; dim-witted.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dimming.
10.
to make dim or dimmer.
11.
to switch (the headlights of a vehicle) from the high to the low beam.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dimming.
12.
to become or grow dim or dimmer.
Verb phrases
13.
dim out, (in wartime) to reduce the night illumination of (a city, ship, etc.) to make it less visible from the air or sea, as a protection from enemy aircraft or ships.
Idioms
14.
take a dim view of, to regard with disapproval, skepticism, or dismay:
Her mother takes a dim view of her choice of friends.
Origin of dim
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English dim(me), cognate with Old Frisian dim, Old Norse dimmr
Related forms
dimly, adverb
dimmable, adjective
dimness, noun
undim, adjective
undimly, adverb
undimmed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See dark. 3. unclear, faint, indefinite, indistinct, fuzzy, hazy. 10. darken, cloud. 12. dull, fade.
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  • She gave him her hand, with a firm clasp, and dimly noted that his were as cold as ice.

  • But the thought which had dimly haunted him that day blossomed on this evening.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Through the windows of the car I could dimly see that an apparently endless mass of fir trees were rushing past on each side.

  • dimly as she passed below I could see how old she was, how worn and battered by the waves.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Lilly looked down a dimly lighted corridor, from which the cold air blew upon her.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for dimly

dim

/dɪm/
adjective dimmer, dimmest
1.
badly illuminated: a dim room
2.
not clearly seen; indistinct; faint: a dim shape
3.
having weak or indistinct vision: eyes dim with tears
4.
lacking in understanding; mentally dull
5.
not clear in the mind; obscure: a dim memory
6.
lacking in brilliance, brightness, or lustre: a dim colour
7.
tending to be unfavourable; gloomy or disapproving (esp in the phrase take a dim view)
verb dims, dimming, dimmed
8.
to become or cause to become dim
9.
(transitive) to cause to seem less bright, as by comparison
10.
(US & Canadian) (transitive) to switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beam Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) dip
Derived Forms
dimly, adverb
dimness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dimm; related to Old Norse dimmr gloomy, dark
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Word Origin and History for dimly

dim

adj.

Old English dimm "dark, gloomy, obscure," from Proto-Germanic *dimbaz (cf. Old Norse dimmr, Old Frisian dim, Old High German timber "dark, black, somber"). Not known outside Germanic. Slang sense of "stupid" is from 1892. Related: Dimly; dimness.

v.

c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dimly

dim

adjective

Stupid; uncomprehending: Anybody who pays to watch these teams has to be considered just a bit dim (1892+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dimly

dim

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