Nearby words

  1. dilute,
  2. dilution,
  3. diluvial,
  4. diluvialism,
  5. diluvium,
  6. dim bulb,
  7. dim sum,
  8. dim-out,
  9. dim-witted,
  10. dim.


    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

before 1000; Middle English, Old English dim(me), cognate with Old Frisian dim, Old Norse dimmr

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See dark. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dimly


/ (dɪm) /

adjective dimmer or dimmest

verb dims, dimming or dimmed

Derived Formsdimly, adverbdimness, noun

Word Origin for dim

Old English dimm; related to Old Norse dimmr gloomy, dark

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Word Origin and History for dimly
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Idioms and Phrases with dimly


see take a dim view.

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