adjective, dim·mer, dim·mest.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dim·ming.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dim·ming.
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What does dim mean?
Dim describes something as lacking light or having a weak brightness, as in a dim flashlight or a dim tunnel.
Dim also describes things that are unclear, because of poor visibility, a weak understanding, or a more general lack of clarity, as in a dim shape in the distance, a dim noise, or a dim knowledge of math.
Dim also describes having weak or poor vision, as in Jane’s eyes were dim with tears.
Dim can be used to mean lacking mental ability or having low intelligence. However, this is almost always considered insulting.
As a verb, dim means to make something dim or less bright, as in He dimmed the lights. It can also be used to mean to grow dim or dimmer, as in The noise of the engine dimmed as the car drove out of sight.
Example: Although the tunnel was dim, the faint candlelight guided the miner back to the surface.
Where does dim come from?
The first records of dim come from before 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English dimm, which is related to the Old Norse dimmr, meaning “gloomy” or “dark.”
The word dark is similar to dim but usually means a complete absence of light. A dark room would be one with the lights completely turned off, while a dim room still has a small, faint amount of light.
Dim is used to mean “disapproving” or “unfavorable” in the idiom take a dim view of, as in Her boss took a dim view of her constantly falling asleep at work.
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What are some other forms related to dim?
- dimly (adverb)
- dimmable (adjective)
- dimmer (noun)
- undim (adjective)
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How is dim used in real life?
Dim is commonly used, especially to mean a lack of brightness.
I look good in very dim lighting
— lexis (@alexisdeluna_) September 13, 2020
I had a dim idea that if I walked the streets of New York all night something of the city's mystery and magnificence might rub off on to me.
— Sylvia Plath (@itssylviaplath) May 28, 2015
The Andromeda galaxy is larger than the moon in the sky, but it is usually too dim to see.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 21, 2014
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Example sentences from the Web for dim
Soon we had the entire garden to ourselves — we encountered fewer than a dozen people the entire weekend — and as the light dimmed behind an overcast sky, the three of us perched on a ledge near the trail’s end.A day’s drive from Chicago, exploring a very different Illinois|Carson Vaughan|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
It’s during this dim period, when the stars still mingle with the moon in the sky but the sun announces that it’s on its way, that I’ve maintained a tenuous hold on the outside world through surfing.
This is Delaware, home of presidents and seekers of information about Cantonese dim sum to be served during the Super Bowl.The 2021 Super Bowl food map is a deep dive into America’s weird culinary underbelly|Matt Bonesteel|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
On a per-36-minutes and per-100-possessions basis, Randle is diming up his teammates more than he ever previously had.The Only Thing Keeping The Knicks Offense Afloat Is Julius Randle’s Turn As A Point Guard|Jared Dubin|January 28, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
When researchers look for far-off planets, they do so by watching stars and noting when planets pass in front of them, measuring the resulting dim in brightness.These 6 exoplanets somehow orbit their star in perfect rhythm|Charlie Wood|January 27, 2021|Popular Science
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|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The essential fault lies not with the stars around him, however dim, but with himself.Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror|Leslie H. Gelb|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Below, the thick marshland and dim lights created a scene that Breman describes as “Joseph Conrad territory.”
In a dim backroom of a mud hut in Save, 82-year-old Teresa Nyirabutunda sits propped upright in bed by her daughter, Francine.
My concerns about the study do not dim my admiration for the fund itself or the work that it does.
She opened the letter by the flickering firelight, which was stronger on the hearthrug than the light of the dim November day.
Dr. Ashton walked out of the chapel, and Val stood for a few moments where he was, looking up and down in the dim light.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Any moment, if he looked up, he would meet eyes—eyes that gazed with dim yet definite recognition into his own across the night.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The contrast between the open street and the enclosed stuffiness of the dim and crowded interior was overwhelming.
By the dim light of the campfire they saw what they supposed were the sleeping forms of their enemies.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for dim
adjective dimmer or dimmest
verb dims, dimming or dimmed
Derived forms of dimdimly, adverbdimness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with dim
see take a dim view.