- not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light: a dim room; a dim flashlight.
- not seen clearly or in detail; indistinct: a dim object in the distance.
- not clear to the mind; vague: a dim idea.
- not brilliant; dull in luster: a dim color.
- not clear or distinct to the senses; faint: a dim sound.
- not seeing clearly: eyes dim with tears.
- tending to be unfavorable; not likely to happen, succeed, be favorable, etc.: a dim chance of winning.
- not understanding clearly.
- rather stupid; dim-witted.
- to make dim or dimmer.
- to switch (the headlights of a vehicle) from the high to the low beam.
- to become or grow dim or dimmer.
- 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.
- 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
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- (in prescriptions) one-half.
Origin of dim.1
Examples from the Web for dim
Justin gazed out from the dim interior as more than 300 police motorcycles from dozens of jurisdictions rumbled past.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Below, the thick marshland and dim lights created a scene that Breman describes as “Joseph Conrad territory.”The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
In a dim backroom of a mud hut in Save, 82-year-old Teresa Nyirabutunda sits propped upright in bed by her daughter, Francine.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
My concerns about the study do not dim my admiration for the fund itself or the work that it does.How to Tell When a Scientific Study Is Total B.S.
August 22, 2014
For a place with a past stretching into the dim mists, this is the architectural equivalent of a historical death.The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
June 5, 2014
Percival made his way toward one of them with a dim notion that he might be concerned.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They lay together in the big bed, dim, face to face, talking.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
How will he despise what he can grasp, for the sake of the dim glory that eludes him!Other Tales and Sketches
But now some dim perception of this truth began to wake in her.Weighed and Wanting
Even in that dim light there could be no mistaking those features.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- badly illuminateda dim room
- not clearly seen; indistinct; fainta dim shape
- having weak or indistinct visioneyes dim with tears
- lacking in understanding; mentally dull
- not clear in the mind; obscurea dim memory
- lacking in brilliance, brightness, or lustrea dim colour
- tending to be unfavourable; gloomy or disapproving (esp in the phrase take a dim view)
- to become or cause to become dim
- (tr) to cause to seem less bright, as by comparison
- US and Canadian (tr) to switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beamAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): dip
Word Origin and History for dim
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.
- dimidius (half)
Idioms and Phrases with dim
see take a dim view.