- the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink: the brim of a cup.
- a projecting edge: the brim of a hat.
- to be full to the brim.
- to fill to the brim.
Origin of brim1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for brim on Thesaurus.com
- Southern U.S. bream1(def 4).
Examples from the Web for brim
And he had a cowboy hat that he liked touching, too—he smoothed the brim back like it was a ducktail haircut.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun
September 20, 2014
On it are balanced a plate of eggs and toast, an open quart jar of grape jelly, and a beer mug full to the brim with orange juice.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
Just as his fingers touched the brim, his foot would kick the hat out of reach.Oklahoma Farmers Find Ways to Cope While Waiting for Drought to End
October 3, 2012
At times like these you must be careful not to brim over with elation-into-crashing-despair.What the Stars Predict for Your Week
Starsky + Cox
August 20, 2011
The pale blue lining of the brim of her satin hat perfectly matched the flowers on her jacket.The Queen's Fashion Secrets
July 6, 2010
He took off his hat, and showed her where the brim had a jagged tear half an inch deep.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The hole had been recklessly filled to the brim, and was merely sprinkled with earth.Barnaby Rudge
He sat up, and a look of alarm peered out from under the brim of his hat.
His thoughts were full to the brim with things that held them concentrated to the exclusion of all else.
But in spite of snow and sleet we filled our days to the brim.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- the upper rim of a vesselthe brim of a cup
- a projecting rim or edgethe brim of a hat
- the brink or edge of something
- to fill or be full to the brimeyes brimming with tears
Word Origin and History for brim
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.
- The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.
Idioms and Phrases with brim
see filled to the brim.