Brim definition

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Full capacity.
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The topmost edge of a cup, glass, bowl, etc.
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To fill to the brim.
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(obsolete) The sea; ocean; water; flood.
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A projecting rim or edge of anything.

The brim of a hat.

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A rim or edge around a body of water.
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The water at such an edge.
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An edge or border (originally specifically of the sea or a body of water).
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The topmost rim or lip of a container.

The toy box was filled to the brim with stuffed animals.

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A projecting rim, especially of a hat.

He turned the back of his brim up stylishly.

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To be full to overflowing.

The room brimmed with people.

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To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
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Of pigs: to be in heat, to rut.
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(obsolete) Fierce; sharp; cold.
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To be full to the brim, often to overflowing.

The cup is brimming with chowder.

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The definition of a brim is the edge at the very top of a dish, or a rim or edge on something.

An example of a brim is the top edge of a bowl.

An example of a brim is the part of a hat that shields your eyes.

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The uppermost edge of a hollow container or natural basin.
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A projecting rim or edge, especially around the bottom of a hat.
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To be abundantly filled or supplied.

A monument brimming with tourists; workers brimming with pride.

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To be completely full, often with a resulting overflow.

Eyes brimming with tears.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
brim
Plural:
brims

Origin of brim

  • Middle English brimme

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English brim, brym, brymm (“surf, flood, wave, sea, ocean, water, sea-edge, shore”), from Old English *brimman, bremman (“to rage, roar”), from Proto-Germanic *bremmaną, *bremaną (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem-, *bʰrem(e)-, *breme- (“to hum, make a noise”). Cognate with Icelandic brim (“sea, surf”), Dutch brommen (“to hum, buzz”), German brummen (“to hum, drone”), Latin fremō (“roar, growl”, verb), Ancient Greek βρέμω (brémou, “roar, roar like the ocean”, verb).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English brim, brem, brimme (“margin, edge of a river, lake, or sea”), probably from Middle English brim (“sea, ocean, surf, shore”). See above. Cognate with Dutch berm (“bank, riverbank”), Bavarian Bräm (“border, stripe”), German Bräme, Brame (“border, edge”), Danish bræmme (“border, edge, brim”), Swedish bräm (“border, edge”), Icelandic barmur (“edge, verge, brink”). Related to berm.

    From Wiktionary

  • Either from breme, or directly from Old English bremman (“to roar, rage”) (though not attested in Middle English).

    From Wiktionary

  • See breme.

    From Wiktionary