- IPA: /brɪm/
- Rhymes: -ɪm
- an edge or border ( originally specifically of the sea or a body of water )
- the topmost rim or lip of a container
- a projecting rim, especially of a hat
- to be full to overflowing
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- 2011 July 3, Piers Newbury, “Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in final”, BBC Sport:
- IPA: /brim/
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 ) .
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 )
Explanation of brim by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.]
- 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.
- 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.
- Brim, v. t. To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
Arrange the board and brim the glass. Tennyson.
- Brim, a. Fierce; sharp; cold. See Breme. [Obs.]
Definition of brim by GCIDE Dictionary