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

And for so long, when travelers flocked to France with an expectation of coming back with their suitcase filled to the brim, those classics are what the collective imagination called to mind. Glamour, "The Best French Brands You Haven’t Heard Of Yet," 29 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From art to furniture to knick knacks picked up while traveling, my home is always brimming with objects. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Trying to Make Me KonMari My Home," 21 Mar. 2019 The program was extensive but brimming with entertainment. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball," 5 Feb. 2019 The Blues are in good form and have begun finding the back of the net once again, and going up against a Swansea side who conceded five goals in their last league game, they're bound to be brimming with confidence. SI.com, "Swansea vs Chelsea Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 27 Apr. 2018 England will head into their final group game brimming with confidence, after dispatching Panama with ease. SI.com, "Conundrum: Explaining How England Can Finish Top of Their WC Group With a Draw Against Belgium," 24 June 2018 Last winter’s record rain and snow left most of California’s reservoirs brimming with water, providing a cushion for this year. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Sierra Nevada snow picture brightens, but is still just a fraction of normal," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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