nice-but-dim etymology

English word nice-but-dim comes from English nice, English dim, English for

Detailed word origin of nice-but-dim

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
nice English (eng) Used to signify a job well done.. Used to signify approval. (dated) Very small and thus liable to not being noticed.. (now, rare) Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy. [from 14th c.]. (obsolete) Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky. [16th-19th c.]. (obsolete) Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict. [16th-19th c.]. (obsolete) Silly, ignorant; foolish. [...]
dim English (eng) (archaic) Dimness. (colloquial) Not smart or intelligent.. Disapproving, unfavorable: rarely used outside the phrase take a dim view of.. Indistinct, hazy or unclear.. Not bright or colorful. (intransitive) To become darker.. (transitive) To make something less bright.. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses [...]
for English (eng) (chiefly, US) Out of; used to indicate a fraction, a ratio. (cricket) used as part of a score to indicate the number of wickets that have fallen. (obsolete) Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done.. Because of.. By the standards of, usually with the implication of those standards being lower than one might otherwise expect.. Despite, in spite of.. [...]
nice-but-dim English (eng) (UK, colloquial) Good-natured, while also being rather unintelligent. [from 20th c.].

Words with the same origin as nice-but-dim

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