[ 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, brim·ming.

to be full to the brim.

verb (used with object), brimmed, brim·ming.

to fill to the brim.

Origin of brim

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


brim·less, adjectivebrim·ming·ly, adverbun·brim·ming, adjective

Definition for brim (2 of 2)

[ brim ]
/ brɪm /

noun, plural (especially collectively) brim, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) brims.

Southern U.S. bream1(def 4). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brim

/ (brɪm) /


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

verb brims, brimming or brimmed

to fill or be full to the brimeyes brimming with tears

Derived forms of brim

brimless, adjective

Word Origin for brim

C13: from Middle High German brem, probably from Old Norse barmr; see berm
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Medicine definitions for brim

[ brĭm ]


The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.
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Idioms and Phrases with brim


see filled to the brim.

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