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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

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

Synonyms for brim

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1. See rim. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for brimmed

swell, overflow, teem, fill, spill

Examples from the Web for brimmed

Contemporary Examples of brimmed

Historical Examples of brimmed

  • Mojave had brimmed with optimism and pride and accomplishment and eagerness.

    A Fine Fix

    R. C. Noll

  • Her brown eyes wavered for a moment, and then brimmed with merriment.

  • All the basins among the hills were brimmed with topaz and emerald light.

    Anne Of Avonlea

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Landon gave a shout which brimmed with incredulity as much as fear.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile

  • Peter's cup must surely have brimmed over that Christmas night.

    The Golden Road

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for brimmed


  1. the upper rim of a vesselthe brim of a cup
  2. a projecting rim or edgethe brim of a hat
  3. the brink or edge of something
verb brims, brimming or brimmed
  1. to fill or be full to the brimeyes brimming with tears
Derived Formsbrimless, adjective

Word Origin for brim

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


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


see filled to the brim.

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