Origin of teeming1
Origin of teeming2
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of teem1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of teem2
Examples from the Web for teeming
So for the 12 years he spent at Aldgate, Chaucer was mostly alone, with a teeming urban scene literally beneath his feet.A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings|Wendy Smith|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ebola causes the body to excrete fluids that are teeming with the virus.
Remember those quaint ethnic communities, once teeming with stickball games and eggplant-shaped old women wielding rolling pins?Weren’t Those the Bad Old Days? The Poison of New York City Nostalgia|Michael Moynihan|January 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A new study claims breast milk ordered online is teeming with bacteria.
I hated the concrete, cursed the teeming masses who looked just like me.I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before|Debra A. Klein|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Was she merely a creature bred of the teeming earth, or had she an individuality beyond the earth?Jess|H. Rider Haggard
Water-beetles, ephemeræ, and the teeming aquatic insects constitute its food.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
For the next few days their journey was without adventure, save for the frequent eluding of the monsters of that teeming world.In the Morning of Time|Charles G. D. Roberts
In place of the natural forest, with its varied and teeming life, we have what Wordsworth called a timber factory.Wayside and Woodland Trees|Edward Step
In the cool of the evening Spence and Ibrahim rode through the teeming streets to the Governor's house.When It Was Dark|Guy Thorne
Word Origin for teem
Word Origin for teem
"swarming," 1715, present participle adjective from 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.
"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.