adjective, dim·mer, dim·mest.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dim·ming.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dim·ming.
Origin of dim
Examples from the Web for dimly
On the inside is the usual mix of off-white, flecked linoleum tiles and segmented ceiling panels, dull and dimly lit.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sat in his dimly lit office—no bigger than a broom closet—where we commiserated over the current state of American medicine.
There are curtained cubicles for seeing the doctor, dimly lit halls, a smell of stopped-up toilets.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The setting was the Satyricon, a small, dimly lit nightclub in Portland, Oregon.
I dimly recalled seeing Rod Dreher blog about this happening in malls near his home.Criminal Flash Mobs. Apparently, That's a Thing Now.|Megan McArdle|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dimly she felt that it was to be through her that he would find it.Contrary Mary|Temple Bailey
Dimly, he sensed that Corrigan was striking at him; with a sort of vague half-consciousness he felt that the blows were landing.'Firebrand' Trevison|Charles Alden Seltzer
We heard, and dimly saw, him engaged with a metallic object which he drew from under his coat.The Boss of Little Arcady|Harry Leon Wilson
Then a boat was dimly seen gliding away in a line with the hull, by the glowing light.The Wing-and-Wing|J. Fenimore Cooper
However, for the true creation and revealing of this personality, at first only dimly felt, a new stimulus was needed.A Critic in Pall Mall|Oscar Wilde
adjective dimmer or dimmest
verb dims, dimming or dimmed
Word Origin for dim
c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.
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.
see take a dim view.