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[brim-foo l] /ˈbrɪmˈfʊl/
full to the brim.
Origin of brimful
First recorded in 1520-30; brim1 + -ful
Related forms
brimfully, adverb
brimfulness, brimfullness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You knew my daughter, so tall and strong, so beautiful, so brimful of life.

  • Charlie was his name; a bright, intelligent boy, brimful of mischief and fun.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • She was perhaps eighteen or nineteen, and brimful of lusty life.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • His movements, that last gesture, were brimful of energy and of life.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • It is brought out just at the holiday time, and is brimful of good things.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Some men are brimful and running over with harmonies that will live forever.

    Outdoor Sketching

    Francis Hopkinson Smith
  • He was a devil-may-care 43 Irishman, brimful of the virtues and the vices of his race.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • They were brimful and overflowing with spontaneous hospitality.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Both were so brimful of wrath as to be regardless of consequences.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • And she was so brimful of life, so conscious of vitality running to sheer waste.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for brimful


(postpositive) , foll by of. filled up to the brim (with)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brimful

1520s, from brim (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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