brim

noun
\ˈbrim \

Definition of brim 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : an upper or outer margin : verge

(2) archaic : the upper surface of a body of water

b : the edge or rim of a hollow vessel, a natural depression, or a cavity

2 : the projecting rim of a hat

brim

verb
brimmed; brimming

Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill to the brim

intransitive verb

1 : to be or become full often to overflowing eyes brimming with tears

2 : to reach or overflow a brim

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Other Words from brim

Noun

brimless \ -​ləs \ adjective

Examples of brim in a Sentence

Noun

the brim of the teacup was banded with gold touched the brim of his cap by way of salute

Verb

Her heart was brimming with happiness. The show brims with excitement.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The artists painted them yellow, for the sun vital to the agricultural valley, and made a brim shaped like a saddle, a nod to the town’s western spirit. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Yeah, there's a giant bunny in that vineyard — no foolin' — and 9 animals, vegetables and antlers you'll want to stop and see," 1 Apr. 2018 Kershaw turned for a moment, tipping the brim of his helmet to the impromptu choir. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Clayton Kershaw is turning 30, but he doesn't feel that old," 19 Mar. 2018 Yurk also broke out a straw hat with a green, plastic insert on the front brim for the outing. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 Both wore a white baseball hat, Anderson with the brim in front, Isner with his turned his backward. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 The assortment ranged from floppy hats to extra-wide-brim fedoras to pom-pom berets and even one of Jacquemus’s XL straw sun hats. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Street-Style Trends We Saw Outside the Spring 2019 Menswear Shows in Europe," 28 June 2018 Both guards wore black hats turned backward, with cut pieces of the title game net affixed to the brims. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Michael Jordan of Anywhere: Donte DiVincenzo Gives Villanova a Huge Spark at Perfect Time," 3 Apr. 2018 Either way, this member of your group will walk away from the Kentucky Derby Festival full to the brim and highly satisfied. For Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "What Ky Derby Festival Events should you attend?," 28 Mar. 2018 The city’s downtown brims with coffee shops, yoga studios and purveyors of artisanal food, helping to entice young college graduates to stick around rather than seek out bigger cities. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The Next Housing Crisis: A Historic Shortage of New Homes," 18 Mar. 2018

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The novel brims with an innocence unblemished by cynicism, even when Atticus’s defense of a doomed black man in 1930s Alabama proves futile. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Atticus Finch: The Biography’ Review: The Writer, Her Father and Atticus Finch," 10 May 2018 The project brims with lush orchestrations and an earthiness characteristic of K.R.I.T’s Southern musical roots. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Big K.R.I.T. rediscovers what made him love music in the first place," 26 Apr. 2018 The play brims with twisting, complicated, poetic dialogue, talk and talk and talk that goes everywhere and nowhere. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Review: Angels in America Returns to Broadway in All Its Triumph and Tragedy," 26 Mar. 2018 The record brims with tales of ill-fated relationships—however brief—and with the inner conflict between restlessness, independence, and the yearning for love and trust that faces many women who have an easier time moving on than settling down. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Ruby Boots explores the tug of war between roots and restlessness on Don’t Talk About It," 1 Feb. 2018 Due to its varied ecosystems and range of elevation, Rocky Mountain National Park brims with wildlife. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit," 22 Jan. 2018 Victoria Chenard brims with enthusiasm for everything Hartford has to offer -- cultural amenities, proximity to great restaurants, Bushnell Park, the Riverfront. Nancy Schoeffler, courant.com, "High On Hartford: Couple Extensively Remodel Condo And Embrace City Life," 19 Jan. 2018 The internet brims with hacks to bring it back to life, but in my experience, none quite get there. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This $9 Brow Pomade Is a Great Dupe for the Internet's $18 Favorite," 7 Mar. 2018 August 7 through September 9 will brim with social invitations and great opportunities to bring your friends and partner together. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of brim

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for brim

Noun

Middle English brimme; akin to Middle High German brem edge

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More Definitions for brim

brim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the top edge of a glass or a similar container

: the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge

brim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be completely filled with something

brim

noun
\ˈbrim \

Kids Definition of brim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the edge or rim of something hollow The cup was filled to the brim.

2 : the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge

brim

verb
brimmed; brimming

Kids Definition of brim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become full to overflowing brimming with happiness

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