Meaning of BRIM in English


I. ˈbrim noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English brimme; akin to Middle High German brem edge, trimming, Old Norse barmr brim, and perhaps to Latin frond-, frons leafy branch, foliage


a. archaic : the edge or margin of a body of water

b. : the edge or rim especially of a cup, bowl, or depression resembling a bowl

the brim of the saucer

the brim of the crater

c. : brink , border

on the brim of unconsciousness

2. : the projecting rim of a hat or bonnet

Synonyms: see border

II. verb

( brimmed ; brimmed ; brimming ; brims )

transitive verb

: to fill to the brim

brim a bowl to good fellowship

intransitive verb

1. : to be or become full often to overflowing

a cup brimming over onto the table

children … brimming over with life and health — F.J.Haskin

boats … brim with peasants in their folk costumes — Frederic Morton

2. : to increase to the point of reaching or overflowing a brim

tears brimmed in his eyes

the sea … brimmed up to the very lip of the shingle beach — David Garnett

III. adjective

Etymology: Middle English — more at breme

archiac : breme

• brimly adverb , archaic

IV. intransitive verb

( brimmed ; brimmed ; brimming ; brims )

Etymology: Middle English brimmen; akin to Middle High German brimmen to roar, Old English bremman — more at fremitus

now dialect England , of swine : to be in heat ; also : copulate

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps from brim (IV)

dialect England : strumpet



variant of bream I

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