brim

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noun

1
a(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
brimless adjective

brim

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verb

brimmed; brimming

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

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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Noun
The Bay Area brims with scores of chorales of every variety, from Cantare con Vivo to WomenSing, Schola Cantorum and more. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 His diamond eyes peered out from beneath the brim of a red cap, the cap, emblazoned with his once and future promise to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Charles Homans Robert Petkoff Anna Diamond Ted Blaisdell, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for brim 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English brimme; akin to Middle High German brem edge

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of brim was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brim. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

brim

1 of 2 noun
1
: the edge or rim of something hollow (as a container)
full to the brim
2
: the part of a hat that sticks out around the lower edge
brimful
-ˈfu̇l
adjective
brimless adjective
brimmed adjective

brim

2 of 2 verb
brimmed; brimming
: to be or become full to overflowing
brimming with happiness
eyes brimming with tears
boats brimming with tourists

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