Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

dim

play
adjective \ˈdim\

Definition of dim

dimmer

dimmest

  1. 1 a :  emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light <dim stars> <a dim lamp> <a dim hallway> b :  dull, lusterless <dim colors> c :  lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character <a dim echo of the past>

  2. 2 a :  seen indistinctly <a dim outline> b :  perceived by the senses or mind indistinctly or weakly :  faint <had only a dim notion of what was going on> c :  having little prospect of favorable result or outcome <a dim future> d :  characterized by an unfavorable, skeptical, or pessimistic attitude —usually used in the phrase take a dim view of

  3. 3 :  not perceiving clearly and distinctly <dim eyes>

  4. 4 :  dim-witted

dimly

adverb

dimmable

play \ˈdi-mə-bəl\ adjective

dimness

noun


Examples of dim in a sentence

  1. Just the dim outline of the building could be seen through the fog.

  2. I have a dim memory of your last visit.



Origin and Etymology of dim

Middle English, from Old English dimm; akin to Old High German timber dark


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

dim

verb

Simple Definition of dim

  • : to make (a light) less bright or to become less bright

  • : to make (something) less strong or clear or to become less strong or clear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dim

dimmed

dimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make dim or lusterless

  3. 2 :  to reduce the light from

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become dim

Examples of dim in a sentence

  1. The latest setback has dimmed hopes of an early settlement.

  2. Hopes of an early settlement have dimmed.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of dim

before 12th century


3

dim

noun

Definition of dim

  1. 1 archaic :  dusk, dimness

  2. 2 :  low beam



14th Century

First Known Use of dim

14th century

Other Automotive Terms


4

dim

abbreviation

Definition of dim

  1. 1 dimension

  2. 2 diminished

  3. 3 diminuendo

  4. 4 diminutive





DIM Defined for Kids

1

dim

play
adjective \ˈdim\

Definition of dim for Students

dimmer

dimmest

  1. 1 :  not bright or distinct :  faint <a dim light>

  2. 2 :  not seeing or understanding clearly <dim eyes> <He has only a dim awareness of the problem.>

dimly

adverb

dimness

noun



2

dim

play
verb

Definition of dim for Students

dimmed

dimming

  1. :  to make or become less bright or clear <Please dim the lights.> <His eyesight dimmed with age.>




Medical Dictionary

dim

abbreviation

Medical Definition of dim

  1. diminished





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dim? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a secret group of plotters

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate accommodate acommadate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ