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Meaning of brim by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /brɪm/
    • Rhymes: -ɪm

    Etymology 1

    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 *bremmanan, *bremanan ( “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”, v ), Ancient Greek βρέμω ( brémou, “roar, roar like the ocean”, v ) .


    brim ( plural: brims )

    1. ( obsolete ) The sea; ocean; water; flood .
    Derived terms
    • brimsand

    Etymology 2

    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 .


    brim ( plural: brims )

    1. an edge or border ( originally specifically of the sea or a body of water )
    2. the topmost rim or lip of a container
      The toy box was filled to the brim with stuffed animals .
    3. a projecting rim, especially of a hat
      He turned the back of his brim up stylishly .
    Derived terms


    brim ( third-person singular simple present brims present participle brimming, simple past and past participle brimmed )

    1. to be full to overflowing
      The room brimmed with people .

    Etymology 3

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


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    • IPA: /brim/


    brim n .

    1. ( poetic ) the edge of the sea or a body of water
    2. ( poetic ) surf; the surface of the sea
    3. ( poetic ) sea, ocean, water


    Derived terms

    • brimlīþend

Explanation of brim by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. fill as much as possible

    2. brim a cup to good fellowship
    3. be completely full

    4. His eyes brimmed with tears
    1. a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat

    2. the top edge of a vessel or other container

    Definition of brim by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Breme ( brēm ), a. [OE. breme, brime, fierce, impetuous, glorious, AS. brēme, brȳme, famous. Cf. Brim, a.]
      1. Fierce; sharp; severe; cruel. [Obs.] Spenser.

      From the septentrion cold, in the breme freezing air. Drayton.

      2. Famous; renowned; well known. Wright.

      [Written also brim and brimme.]

    2. Brim n. [OE. brim, brimme, AS. brymme edge, border; akin to Icel. barmr, Sw. bräm, Dan. bræmme, G. brame, bräme. Possibly the same word as AS. brim surge, sea, and properly meaning, the line of surf at the border of the sea, and akin to L. fremere to roar, murmur. Cf. Breeze a fly.]
      1. The rim, border, or upper edge of a cup, dish, or any hollow vessel used for holding anything.

      Saw I that insect on this goblet's brim

      I would remove it with an anxious pity. Coleridge.

      2. The edge or margin, as of a fountain, or of the water contained in it; the brink; border.

      The feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water. Josh. iii. 15.

      3. The rim of a hat. Wordsworth.

    3. Brim, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Brimmed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Brimming.] To be full to the brim. “The brimming stream.” Milton.

      To brim over ( literally or figuratively ), to be so full that some of the contents flows over the brim; as, a cup brimming over with wine; a man brimming over with fun.

    4. Brim, v. t. To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.

      Arrange the board and brim the glass. Tennyson.

    5. Brim, a. Fierce; sharp; cold. See Breme. [Obs.]