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teeming

1
[tee-ming]
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adjective
  1. abounding or swarming with something, as with people: We elbowed our way through the teeming station.
  2. prolific or fertile.
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Origin of teeming

1
First recorded in 1525–35; teem1 + -ing2
Related formsteem·ing·ly, adverbteem·ing·ness, noun

teeming

2
[tee-ming]
adjective
  1. falling in torrents: a teeming rain.
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Origin of teeming

2
First recorded in 1685–95; teem2 + -ing2

teem

1
[teem]
verb (used without object)
  1. to abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile (usually followed by with).
  2. Obsolete. to be or become pregnant; bring forth young.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Obsolete. to produce (offspring).
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Origin of teem

1
before 900; Middle English temen, Old English tēman, tīeman to produce (offspring), derivative of tēam team
Related formsteem·er, noun

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teem

2
[teem]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to empty or pour out; discharge.
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Origin of teem

2
1250–1300; Middle English temen < Old Norse tæma to empty, derivative of tōmr empty, cognate with Old English tōm free from
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Related Words for teeming

filled, brimming, packed, overflowing, crawling, replete, crammed, bristling, alive, chock-full, fruitful, multitudinous, numerous, plentiful, populous, pregnant, rife, thick, brimful

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Historical Examples of teeming

  • For me she was only an incident in this teeming radiant life.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • They are all gone now, but then they were humming and teeming with work.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • She was aware for the first time of the teeming horrors of life.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Jeter and Eyer both understood the thoughts which were teeming in Kress' brain.

  • Town or country, it's all the same—the air chokes me, it's teeming with moral bacilli.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for teeming

teem

1
verb
  1. (intr usually foll by with) to be prolific or abundant (in); abound (in)
  2. obsolete to bring forth (young)
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Word Origin for teem

Old English tēman to produce offspring; related to West Saxon tīeman; see team

teem

2
verb
  1. (intr; often foll by down or with rain) to pour in torrentsit's teeming down
  2. (tr) to pour or empty out
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Derived Formsteemer, noun

Word Origin for teem

C15 temen to empty, from Old Norse tœma; related to Old English tōm, Old High German zuomīg empty
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Word Origin and History for teeming

adj.

"swarming," 1715, present participle adjective from teem (v.1).

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teem

v.1

"abound, swarm," Old English teman (Mercian), tieman (West Saxon) "give birth to, produce," from Proto-Germanic *taumijanan, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to team in its now-obsolete Old English sense of "family, brood of young animals." The meaning "be fertile, abound, swarm" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Teemed; teeming.

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teem

v.2

"to flow copiously," c.1300, from Old Norse toema "to empty," from tomr "empty," cognate with Old English tom "empty." The original notion is of "to empty a vessel," thus "to pour out." Related: Teemed; teeming.

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