Idioms

    fill and stand on, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a tack after being hove to or halted facing the wind; fill away.
    fill the bill. bill1(def 16).

Origin of fill

before 900; Middle English fillen, Old English fyllan; cognate with German füllen, Gothic fulljan to make full; see full1
Related formsfill·a·ble, adjectivehalf-filled, adjectiveun·filled, adjectivewell-filled, adjective

Synonyms for fill

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Related Words for filled

full, brimming, replete, permeated

Examples from the Web for filled

Contemporary Examples of filled

Historical Examples of filled

  • But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • They filled two bottles they had remaining with the precious fluid.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • There was no water at Point Malcolm, but luckily we had filled our canteens.

  • Filled the water-cans, and got everything ready for a start to-morrow morning.

  • This post was filled in Oldport, in those days, by my cousin Kate.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for filled

fill

verb (mainly tr often foll by up)

(also intr) to make or become fullto fill up a bottle; the bath fills in two minutes
to occupy the whole ofthe party filled two floors of the house
to plug (a gap, crevice, cavity, etc)
to meet (a requirement or need) satisfactorily
to cover (a page or blank space) with writing, drawing, etc
to hold and perform the duties of (an office or position)
to appoint or elect an occupant to (an office or position)
building trades to build up (ground) with fill
(also intr) to swell or cause to swell with wind, as in manoeuvring the sails of a sailing vessel
to increase the bulk of by adding an inferior substance
poker to complete (a full house, etc) by drawing the cards needed
mainly US and Canadian to put together the necessary materials for (a prescription or order)
fill the bill informal to serve or perform adequately

noun

material such as gravel, stones, etc, used to bring an area of ground up to a required level
one's fill the quantity needed to satisfy oneto eat your fill

Word Origin for fill

Old English fyllan; related to Old Frisian fella, Old Norse fylla, Gothic fulljan, Old High German fullen; see full 1, fulfil
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Word Origin and History for filled

fill

n.

"a full supply," mid-13c., fille, from Old English fylle, from Proto-Germanic *fullin- (cf. Old High German fulli, German Fülle, Old Norse fyllr), noun of state from *fullaz "full" (see full (adj.)). Meaning "extra material in music" is from 1934.

fill

v.

Old English fyllan "fill up, replenish, satisfy," from Proto-Germanic *fullijan (cf. Old Saxon fulljan, Old Norse fylla, Old Frisian fella, Dutch vullen, German füllen "to fill"), a derivative of adj. *fullaz "full" (see full (adj.)). Related: Filled.

To fill the bill (1882) originally was U.S. theatrical slang, in reference to a star whose name would be the only one on a show's poster. To fill out "write in required matter" is recorded from 1880. Fill-in "substitute" (n.) is from 1918.

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Idioms and Phrases with filled

fill

In addition to the idioms beginning with fill

  • filled to the brim
  • fill in
  • fill out
  • fill someone's shoes
  • fill the bill

also see:

  • back and fill
  • get one's fill of

Also see underfull.

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