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 brim (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 Only Murders in the Building starring Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short dropped Tuesday (July 17), full to the brim with hilarious interactions between the unlikely trio. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 July 2021 While cities like Tokyo and New York are equally packed to the brim with people, someone in Tokyo might not talk to you like your standard New York cab driver. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 Douse the same hat in repellent every time: Apply it to the crown and brim—and don't forget the very edge. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 13 July 2020 As bubbles begin to gurgle, each tank fills to the brim. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 The epic vessel spans some 236 feet and is filled to the brim with pinch-yourself amenities. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 Then came a turnabout, as wetter weather filled the lakes to the brim. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2021 Over the course of the contest, residents gently taunted one another on social media, sharing pictures of baggies, boxes and large buckets filled to the brim with the tiny metal tabs. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 For $22, a to-go box is filled to the brim with items like jerk chicken, oxtails and delicious curry goat. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their TikToks often brim with specific references — in one video, Sabatine manages to reference rising signs, veganism, trips to Home Depot, and Shego from Kim Possible in under two minutes. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 2 June 2021 The scenes between Dom and her friends — played by standouts Crystal Sha're Nelson, Brittany Adebumola, and Naiya Ortiz — brim with humanity and love. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 7 Oct. 2020 The Buffalo Bills, fellow upstarts who brim with confidence. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2020 Even translations — Rabbi Steinsaltz’s was not the first — failed to render readily comprehensible the pages that brim to the margins with rabbical commentaries upon commentaries. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2020 Elliott's dual role at the Transportation Department is brimming with conflicts. Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2020 The diverse stories share a brimming awareness of the mystery and sacredness and transience of individual lives. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 With demand at near-paralysis due to social distancing lockdowns across the world, oil and fuel tanks are close to brimming. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2020 Cabinets brim with scripts, shelves are laden with inspiring books and knickknacks from her projects fill the homey space. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2020

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

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30 Jul 2021

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“Brim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brim. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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