See also: Brim

English

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /bɹɪm/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪm

Etymology 1

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From Middle English brim, from Old English brim (surf, flood, wave, sea, ocean, water, sea-edge, shore), from Proto-Germanic *brimą (turbulence, surge; surf, sea), from Proto-Germanic *bremaną (to roar), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrem- (to hum, make a noise). Cognate with Icelandic brim (sea, surf), Old English brymm, brym (sea, waves), Old English bremman (to rage, roar), Dutch brommen (to hum, buzz), German brummen (to hum, drone), Latin fremō (roar, growl, verb), Ancient Greek βρέμω (brémō, roar, roar like the ocean, verb).

Noun

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brim (plural brims)

  1. (obsolete) The sea; ocean; water; flood.
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Etymology 2

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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.

Noun

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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.
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Verb

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

  1. (intransitive) To be full to overflowing.
    The room brimmed with people.
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “The Day-Dream. The Sleeping Palace.”, in Poems. [], volume II, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC, page 151:
      The beams that thro' the Oriel shine / Make prisms in every carven glass, / And beaker brimm'd with noble wine.
    • 2006 New York Times
      It was a hint of life in a place that still brims with memories of death, a reminder that even five years later, the attacks are not so very distant.
    • 2011 July 3, Piers Newbury, “Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in final”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Djokovic, brimming with energy and confidence, needed little encouragement and came haring in to chase down a drop shot in the next game, angling away the backhand to break before turning to his supporters to celebrate.
  2. (transitive) To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
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  • (To be full to overflowing): teem
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Etymology 3

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

Verb

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

  1. Of pigs: to be in heat, to rut.

Etymology 4

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See breme.

Adjective

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brim (comparative more brim, superlative most brim)

  1. (obsolete) Fierce; sharp; cold.
    • H.P. Lovecraft (1937) “The Thing on the Doorstep”, in The Rats in the Walls and Other Stories, Richmond: Alma Classics, published 2015, →ISBN, page 339:There was, I thought, a trace of very profound and very genuine irony in the timbre – not the flashy, meaninglessly jaunty pseudo-irony of the callow “sophisticate,” which Derby had habitually affected, but something brim, basic, pervasive and potentially evil.

Etymology 5

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From brimstone.

Noun

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brim (plural brims)

  1. (UK, obsolete, slang) A violent irascible woman.
    • 1799, Whim of the Day:
      She's a vixen, she's a brim, zounds! she's all that is bad.

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Indonesian

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Etymology

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From English brim.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): [ˈbrɪm]
  • Hyphenation: brim

Noun

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brim (first-person possessive brimku, second-person possessive brimmu, third-person possessive brimnya)

  1. brim: a projecting rim of a hat.

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Maltese

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Root
b-r-m
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Noun

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brim m

  1. verbal noun of baram

Old English

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Etymology

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From Proto-Germanic *brimą.

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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

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Old Norse

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Etymology

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From Proto-Germanic *brimą.

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brim n

  1. (poetic) surf; the surface of the sea
  2. (poetic) sea, ocean, water

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References

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  • brim”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press