Middle English brinke, from Old Norse *brenka, *brinka, from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz (“hill, edge (of land)”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰren- (“project”). Cognate with Dutch brink (“grassland”), dialectal German Brunkel, Icelandic brekka (“slope”); also Tocharian B prenke (“island”), Irish braine (“prow”).
brink (plural brinks)
- The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge.
- the brink of a river
- (figuratively) The edge or border
- the brink of success
- He's on the brink of madness.
- brink in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- brink in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- village green, functioning as a central square
- edge or margin of a field
- edge or margin of a hill
- grassy edge or margin of a strip of land
- Alternative form of