[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. brilliant cut,
  2. brilliant green,
  3. brilliantine,
  4. brilliantly,
  5. brillo,
  6. brimful,
  7. brimfully,
  8. brimmer,
  9. brimming,
  10. brimstone

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brimmed


/ (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 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
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Medicine definitions for brimmed


[ brĭm ]


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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