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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.
c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.
To commit suicide
[1970s+; said to be fr the dramatic mythical sort of suicide where the unhappy person, usu a disappointed movie actor, leaped off the letter D in the HOLLYWOOD sign on Mount Lee, but suspiciously like an abbreviation of take a dive]
Stupid; uncomprehending: Anybody who pays to watch these teams has to be considered just a bit dim (1892+)