teeming

1
[ tee-ming ]
/ ˈti mɪŋ /

adjective

abounding or swarming with something, as with people: We elbowed our way through the teeming station.
prolific or fertile.

Nearby words

  1. tee-square,
  2. teeing ground,
  3. teek,
  4. teel,
  5. teem,
  6. teemingly,
  7. teen,
  8. teena,
  9. teenage,
  10. teenaged

Origin of teeming

1
First recorded in 1525–35; teem1 + -ing2

Related formsteem·ing·ly, adverbteem·ing·ness, noun

teeming

2
[ tee-ming ]
/ ˈti mɪŋ /

adjective

falling in torrents: a teeming rain.

Origin of teeming

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

teem

1
[ teem ]
/ tim /

verb (used without object)

to abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile (usually followed by with).
Obsolete. to be or become pregnant; bring forth young.

verb (used with object)

Obsolete. to produce (offspring).

Origin of teem

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

Related formsteem·er, noun

teem

2
[ teem ]
/ tim /

verb (used with or without object)

to empty or pour out; discharge.

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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British Dictionary definitions for teeming

teem

1
/ (tiːm) /

verb

(intr usually foll by with) to be prolific or abundant (in); abound (in)
obsolete to bring forth (young)

Word Origin for teem

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

teem

2
/ (tiːm) /

verb

(intr; often foll by down or with rain) to pour in torrentsit's teeming down
(tr) to pour or empty out
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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