brim

noun
\ ˈbrim How to pronounce brim (audio) \

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 \ ˈbrim-​ləs How to pronounce brimless (audio) \ 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

After a long day in the hot Australian sun, the extra wide brim straw hat with Madeline-esque black velvet ribbon felt like an easy sell. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "A Wellness Editor's Impulse Buys: $171 of Sunscreen, Gold Hoops, and More," 10 Jan. 2019 Which now includes social media, perhaps most responsible for these Brobdingnagian brims. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 Or, bring a wide-brim sun hat to throw on or find a spot in the shade after a couple of hours in the sun. Laurel Naversen Geraghty, SELF, "7 Things You Shouldn’t Rely on for Sun Protection," 12 Aug. 2018 Just even micro adjustments from the width of the brim completely changes the look of the hat. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "John C. Reilly on making The Sisters Brothers and how to properly fit a men’s hat," 21 Sep. 2018 Hadid took some creative liberties—or rather, a cue from another bucket hat connoisseur, Gilligan—turning the front of the brim up. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Puts Her Grandpa Sneakers Aside for the Classic Grandpa Hat," 23 Mar. 2018 Used by heavy-hitters like Daft Punk, Skrillex, Diplo, Deadmau5, and Kaskade, it's filled to the brim with effects, instruments, sounds, and a myriad of extra creative features to help artists make the best music. Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019 Princess Diana's ensemble at the time consisted of a red and purple look by her go-to designer, Catherine Walker, with a matching wide-brim hat by Philip Somerville. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled One of Princess Diana's Most Famous Outfits," 15 Jan. 2019 Every page from the author’s vivid and intelligent pen brims with honor and courage. Claire Tomalin, WSJ, "Five Best: Claire Tomalin on the Best Books About Family Trouble," 22 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A year ago, executives were brimming with optimism about the economy and the ability of stock markets to continue to rise. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Executives in Davos Put Brave Face on Jittery Mood," 22 Jan. 2019 The track is brimming with self-empowering aphorisms to inspire a whole year's worth of Instagram captions. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "All of the New Music You Should Be Listening to in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The faux fur market is brimming with new, innovative labels that understand the power of a good fake, so to speak. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is the Latest Celebrity to Embrace Faux Fur," 19 Dec. 2018 With ornate interiors by Studio Peregalli, the swanky eatery brims with his signature bravado. Town & Country, "The Secret Worlds of Milan’s Design Illuminati," 21 Sep. 2018 Within five seconds, Budweiser or Coors would brim from the cups of Braves die-hards, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Isaac Stanley-becker, chicagotribune.com, "Inventor who made ballpark beer flow freely dies after being trapped in cooler at Braves stadium," 28 June 2018 Jürgen Klopp's side head into the second leg brimming with confidence, after cruising to a 5-2 win in the first leg at Anfield last week. SI.com, "AS Roma vs Liverpool Preview: Previous Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More," 1 May 2018 Coupled with a Re/Done x Hanes cropped white T-shirt and a Prada nylon bag, the overall effect was brimming with ’90s nostalgia—yet offered a welcome update to that decade’s mom jean. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Proves There Is Life Beyond the Skinny Jean," 27 Apr. 2018 Their 500-square-foot apartment brimmed with equipment, said Risa McKenzie, who worked for a branding company. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Hale & True Cider Co. sets opening in Bella Vista," 26 Apr. 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 How to pronounce brim (audio) \

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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