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  1. the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink: the brim of a cup.

  2. a projecting edge: the brim of a hat.

verb (used without object),brimmed, brim·ming.
  1. to be full to the brim.

verb (used with object),brimmed, brim·ming.
  1. to fill to the brim.

Origin of brim

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English brimme “brink, rim” (earlier, “shore, bank”); apparently akin to Middle High German brem, (German Bräme), Old Norse barmr “rim, edge”

synonym study For brim

1. See rim.

Other words from brim

  • brimless, adjective
  • brim·ming·ly, adverb
  • un·brim·ming, adjective

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[ brim ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) brim, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) brims.
  1. Southern U.S. bream1 (def. 4). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use brim in a sentence

  • The rebellious brown hair was almost in the shade of my own dashing hat-brim.

  • Gunn touched the brim of his soft felt hat, which he wore turned down all round apparently in imitation of a flower-pot.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • At the farm-gate they met Dorothy, fresh and blooming as a rose, with a pail in each hand foaming to the brim with milk.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Piegan was already mounted, watching us whimsically from under the dripping brim of his hat.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • She wore a black silk cloak, a dark grey hat with a wide brim, and a broad satin ribbon under her chin.

    Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland

British Dictionary definitions for brim


/ (brɪm) /

  1. the upper rim of a vessel: the brim of a cup

  2. a projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat

  1. the brink or edge of something

verbbrims, brimming or brimmed
  1. to fill or be full to the brim: eyes brimming with tears

Origin of brim

C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm

Derived forms of brim

  • brimless, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with brim


see filled to the brim.

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