Teem is defined as to be full of something and ready to burst or to pour.verb
- An example of to teem is for a water balloon to be so full of water that it is about to pop.
- An example of to teem is to have rain fall on the roof.
- Obsolete to produce offspring; bear
- to be full, as though ready to bring forth young; abound; swarm: a river teeming with fish
Origin: ME temen < OE tieman, to produce, bear < base of team, progeny: see team
Origin: ME temen < ON tœma, to empty
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verb teemed, teem·ing, teems verb, intransitive
- To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
- Obsolete To be or become pregnant; bear young.
Origin: Middle English temen, to beget, bear, from Old English tīeman, tēman; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- teemˈer noun
- teemˈing·ly adverb
transitive verb teemed, teem·ing, teems
Origin: Middle English temen, from Old Norse tma.