Middle English Dictionary Entry

dimmen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To become less light, grow dark; to lose brightness or luster, fade; (b) to dim or darken (sth.), make less bright; (c) fig. to dull (a cause), obscure (prowess); (d) to cast (sb.) into darkness.
(a) Of the eyes, sight: to become dim; (b) to obscure the vision of (eyes), dim (the sight).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.29vb (2.3) : In reume þe humores ar desturbede and þe spiritz ar enfecte, i. dymhede and dulhede & al dismaihede, and so þe vryn takeþ a maner of blohede.
  • ?c1400(1379) *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.35va (2.3) : By cause of swyche poyntes ar oþerwhile þe spirites and þe kynd hete dirked & dymhede & enfecte & feblisschede, and so is blohede in vryn oþerwhile causede.
Note: Additional quots. New spelling (p. ppl.): dymhede. Editor's gloss dymhede, v. pa. ppl. 'dimmed, darkened (influenced by spelling of abstract noun dymhede)'.