- the low-beam headlights of an automobile or truck.
- the small, parking lights of an automobile.
Origin of dimmer
adjective, dim·mer, dim·mest.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dim·ming.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dim·ming.
Origin of dim
Synonyms for dim
Related Words for dimmerdingy, lackluster, murky, shadowy, faint, cloudy, dark, gloomy, fuzzy, dull, vague, blurred, depressing, somber, stupid, gray, dusk, overcast, faded, obscured
Examples from the Web for dimmer
Contemporary Examples of dimmer
Vaccination works more like a light with a dimmer than an on-off switch, said Slifka.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?
April 15, 2014
Make sure you choose a dimmer manufacturer who provides readily-accessible information on compatible lamps and dimmers.The Light Bulb Is Dead. Long Live the Light Bulb!
December 20, 2013
But the hopes of arriving anywhere else have never been dimmer.Half-Baked Treaty Deal Could Lead to Collapse of Euro Zone
December 9, 2011
Historical Examples of dimmer
Her vision was dimmer and her spirit at times withdrawn, remote.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Little by little, the image of the Woman grew dimmer and dimmer.The Lock And Key Library
The greater the distance the dimmer this confined air appears.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
Sometimes it is smaller and dimmer; then the Gone Ones rest and sleep.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
The light got poorer and dimmer and there was a shorter lasting of it.
- a dipped headlight on a road vehicle
- a parking light on a car
adjective dimmer or dimmest
verb dims, dimming or dimmed
Word Origin for dim
1822, agent noun from dim (v.). Of mechanisms for reducing the brightness of electric lights, from 1905.
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.