Idioms

    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 formsdim·ly, adverbdim·ma·ble, adjectivedim·ness, nounun·dim, adjectiveun·dim·ly, adverbun·dimmed, adjective

Synonyms for dim

Synonym study

1. See dark.
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Examples from the Web for dimming

Contemporary Examples of dimming

Historical Examples of dimming

  • Dawn was breaking through the windows and dimming the electric lights.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • His eyes were dimming with tears, and his voice quavered uncertainly.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Then the light vanished, leaving a dimming glow where it had been.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • Now, from his dimming intelligence the sense of time had slipped away.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Her arms were outstretched to the dimming form of Harry and the incandescence.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall


British Dictionary definitions for dimming

dim

adjective dimmer or dimmest

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)

verb dims, dimming or dimmed

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
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 dimming

dim

v.

c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.

dim

adj.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with dimming

dim

see take a dim view.

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