Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for brim on Thesaurus.com the upper edge of anything hollow; rim; brink: the brim of a cup. a projecting edge: the brim of a hat. margin. 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 1 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 forms brim·less, adjective brim·ming·ly, adverb un·brim·ming, adjective
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topfull British Dictionary definitions for brimming the upper rim of a vessel the brim of a cup a projecting rim or edge the brim of a hat the brink or edge of something verb brims, brimming or brimmed to fill or be full to the brim eyes brimming with tears Derived Forms brimless, 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 brimming adj.
"being full to the brim," 1660s, present participle adjective from
brim (v.). n.
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. v.
"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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The rim of the upper opening of the pelvis.
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