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 The story only gets more complicated from there and is filled to the brim with crisscrossing storylines and colourful characters. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 8 June 2021 Covid, as the entire place was rammed full to the brim with insane fans. Corey Taylor, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 Ribbon, paper, bling, a hot table for embossing, a die cut table, and racks of rubber stamps fill her craft room to the brim. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 29 May 2021 Party -favor bags for all Pearson parties should be filled to the brim with ibuprofen and tissues. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 These are filled to the brim with documentary evidence detailing every minute aspect of this episode in South African history. Evert Kleynhans, Quartz, 15 May 2021 There are no charter schools there and the private schools are unaffordable and full to the brim. WSJ, 13 May 2021 That game was filled to the brim with satirical portrayals of capitalist culture, driven by an energy drink that turned people into monsters. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 The shop, which is owned by Rachel Bell and Kate Smith, the Offical Milliners of The Kentucky Derby Festival, is literally filled to the brim with colorful and elegant options. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Brim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brim. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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