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Dim appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Foxy parsons quiz and cajole the lovably dim wiki-girl. (45 letters)
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Dim appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Diarmid, assess a dim raid.
  • A dim or fond 'No' from Ida?
  • Sir, bed dim Ann amid debris.
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Dim is sometimes a misspelling of dime.

The word dim is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective dim

What does dim mean as an attribute of a noun?

Dim is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: dimmer | dimmest

  1. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    • example: a dim light beside the bed
    • synonym of dim: subdued
    • similar: dark
  2. lacking clarity or distinctness
  3. made dim or less bright
  4. offering little or no hope
  5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Alternative definition of the adjective dim


  1. not bright or colorful
  2. not smart or intelligent
  3. indistinct, hazy or unclear
  4. disapproving, unfavorable, rarely used outside the phrase "take a dim view of".

Definition of the verb dim

What does dim mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dimmed, dimming

  1. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  2. become dim or lusterless
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  3. make dim or lusterless
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: darken = make dark or darker
  4. make dim by comparison or conceal
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of dim: blind
    • more generic word: darken = make dark or darker
  5. become vague or indistinct
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of dim: blur / slur
    • more generic word: weaken = become weaker
    • more specific words: obliterate / efface = remove completely from recognition or memory

Alternative definition of the verb dim


  1. [transitive] To make something less bright.
  2. [intransitive] To become darker.


  1. Dim a.k.a. John Wooldridge: Wing Commander John De Lacy Wooldridge, DSO, DFC and Bar, DFM, was a British film composer.
  2. Dim a.k.a. Dimitri Halby is a musical artist.
  3. Dim a.k.a. David Escobar Gallego is a member of the musical group Piso 21.

There are other people with in their name, like Dim Léo, Kris Dim, Dim Chris, Dim Junius, Mihajlo Dim, Dominic Dim Deng and natko zrnčić-dim.


DIM: .


  1. Dim is a fictional character from the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.
  2. Dim is a fictional character from the 2006 comedy film Dikkenek.
  3. Dim is a fictional character from the 1998 film A Bug's Life.
  4. Dim is a fictional character from the 2007 film Deserted: The Online Microseries.


  1. "Dim" is the fourth studio album by Japanese rock band The Gazette. It was released on July 15, 2009 in Japan. It includes the three lead up singles: "Guren", "Leech", and "Distress and Coma". The album scored #2 on the Oricon Daily Charts and #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts, selling 37,797 copies in its first week.
  2. "DIM" is a composition.
  3. "Dim" is a composition.


"Dim" is a 1967 drama film written by Slobodan Kosovalic and Borislav Pekic and directed by Slobodan Kosovalic.


  1. DIM a.k.a. 3,3'-Diindolylmethane: 3,3′-Diindolylmethane or DIM is a compound derived from the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. The reputation of Brassica vegetables as healthy foods rests in part on the activities of diindolylmethane.
  2. Dim a.k.a. Dime Language: Dime or Dima is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the northern part of the Selamago district in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia, around Mount Smith. Dime divides into at least two dialects, which include Us'a and Gerfa. It has six case suffixes in addition to an unmarked nominative. It is overwhelmingly suffixing, but uses prefixes for demonstratives and reduplication. Phonologically, it is noteworthy among the Omotic languages for having velar and uvular fricative phonemes. The basic word order is SOV, as in other Omotic languages, indeed as in all the languages of the core of the Ethiopian Language Area.
    • also known as Dima

Phrases with Dim

Phrases starting with the word Dim:

  1. dim sum
  2. Dim Bulb
  3. Dim-Bulb
  4. Dim-Headed
  5. dim-witted
  6. dim-sighted
  7. Dim Rocksnail

Other phrases containing the word Dim:

  1. Take a Dim View of
  2. To Take a Dim View of

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dim

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Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

purtella nf (dim. ofporta ) Small door. purtellúccia nf. dim. ofpurtella. purtento n.m. prodigy, wonder, miracle. purticella n.f. dim. ofpurtiello. purtiello n.m. hatch, port. purtiere n.m. doorman, ...

Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

Dim. Di, Die. Dinah. [Heb.] Judged. Dora.

S — Dim. Dora, Dol Dorothea, . Dolly (the r being etymologically convertible.) Drusilla. [Lat.] With dewy eyes. Edith.

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Usage statistics about dim

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective dim:


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Quotes about Dim

Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it. (Maurice Chevalier)
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Scrabble value of D2I1M3

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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