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[brim] /brɪm/
the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink:
the brim of a cup.
a projecting edge:
the brim of a hat.
verb (used without object), brimmed, brimming.
to be full to the brim.
verb (used with object), brimmed, brimming.
to fill to the brim.
Origin of brim1
1175-1225; Middle English brimme brink, rim (earlier, shore, bank); apparently akin to Middle High German brem, (German Bräme), Old Norse barmr rim, edge
Related forms
brimless, adjective
brimmingly, adverb
unbrimming, adjective
1. See rim. Unabridged
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  • The younger was aged perhaps thirty, had a cut-away chin, and brimmed with words.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Her brown eyes wavered for a moment, and then brimmed with merriment.

  • The large pathetic eyes, brimmed with tears, haunted him night and day.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • All the basins among the hills were brimmed with topaz and emerald light.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Their eyes met, and hers were smiling bravely: but they brimmed on a sudden as the tears sprang into his.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Peter's cup must surely have brimmed over that Christmas night.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The young girl had been clear like the day, and without smiling her face had been brimmed with happiness.

  • And Mother Moira smiled through the tears that brimmed in her eyes.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • Her black eyes were shining through the tears that rose and brimmed over and fell.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for brimmed


the upper rim of a vessel: the brim of a cup
a projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat
the brink or edge of something
verb brims, brimming, brimmed
to fill or be full to the brim: eyes brimming with tears
Derived Forms
brimless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm
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Word Origin and History for brimmed



c.1200, brymme "edge of the sea," of obscure origin, perhaps akin to Old Norse barmr "rim, brim," probably related to German bräme "margin, border, fringe," from PIE *bhrem- "point, spike, edge." (Old English had brim in the sense "sea, surf," but this probably was from the Germanic stem *brem- "to roar, rage.") Extended by 1520s to cups, basins, hats.


"to fill to the brim," 1610s, from brim (n.). Intransitive sense ("be full to the brim") attested from 1818. Related: Brimmed; brimming.

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brimmed in Medicine

brim (brĭm)
The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brimmed



A hat: nice brim, Indiana Jones

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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