[ dim ]
/ dɪm /
adjective, dim·mer, dim·mest.
not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light: a dim room; a dim flashlight.
not seen clearly or in detail; indistinct: a dim object in the distance.
not clear to the mind; vague: a dim idea.
not brilliant; dull in luster: a dim color.
not clear or distinct to the senses; faint: a dim sound.
not seeing clearly: eyes dim with tears.
tending to be unfavorable; not likely to happen, succeed, be favorable, etc.: a dim chance of winning.
not understanding clearly.
rather stupid; dim-witted.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dim·ming.
to make dim or dimmer.
to switch (the headlights of a vehicle) from the high to the low beam.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dim·ming.
to become or grow dim or dimmer.
dim out, (in wartime) to reduce the night illumination of (a city, ship, etc.) to make it less visible from the air or sea, as a protection from enemy aircraft or ships.
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
dim·ly, adverbdim·ma·ble, adjectivedim·ness, nounun·dim, adjective
un·dim·ly, adverbun·dimmed, adjective
1. See dark.
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British Dictionary definitions for take a dim view of
/ (dɪm) /
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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Idioms and Phrases with take a dim view of (1 of 2)
take a dim view of
Regard disapprovingly, as in I take a dim view of meeting every single week. This idiom, which uses dim in the sense of “unfavorable,” was first recorded in 1947
Idioms and Phrases with take a dim view of (2 of 2)
see take a dim view.
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