teem

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[ 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

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

SYNONYMS FOR teem

OTHER WORDS FROM teem

teem·er, noun

Definition for teems (2 of 2)

teem2
[ teem ]
/ tim /

verb (used with or without object)

to empty or pour out; discharge.

Origin of teem

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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 teems (1 of 2)

teem1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for teems (2 of 2)

teem2
/ (tiːm) /

verb

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

Derived forms of teem

teemer, 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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