Definition of dim adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪm//
    (dimmer, dimmest) Stupid
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  1. 1not bright the dim glow of the fire in the grate This light is too dim to read by.
  2. place
  3. 2where you cannot see well because there is not much light a dim room/street
  4. shape
  5. 3that you cannot see well because there is not much light the dim outline of a house in the moonlight I could see a dim shape in the doorway.
  6. eyes
  7. 4not able to see well His eyesight is getting dim.
  8. memories
  9. 5that you cannot remember or imagine clearly synonym vague dim memories She had a dim recollection of the visit. (humorous) in the dim and distant past
  10. person
  11. 6(informal, especially British English) not intelligent He's very dim. See related entries: Stupid
  12. situation
  13. 7not giving any reason to have hope; not good Her future career prospects look dim.
  14. Word OriginOld English dim, dimm, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect timmer.Extra examples He seems incredibly dim sometimes! He was good-natured but rather dim. The living room looked dim and shadowy. A dim lamp swung in the entrance. A voice came from the dim interior. It was hard to see in the dim glow of the streetlights. Owls’ eyesight is good in dim light. She was a pleasant but rather dim young woman. The light is too dim to read by. The room was dim because the curtains were half drawn. The room was very dim with a murky greenish light. They stepped into the dim and cluttered little shop.Idioms
    take a dim view of somebody/something
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    to disapprove of somebody/something; to not have a good opinion of somebody/something She took a dim view of my suggestion.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dim