from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rim or uppermost edge of a hollow container or natural basin.
- n. A projecting rim or edge: the brim of a hat.
- n. A border or an edge. See Synonyms at border.
- n. Full capacity: "No sooner had the fighting started than the hotel filled to the brim with a most extraordinary collection of people” ( George Orwell).
- intransitive v. To be full to the brim, often to overflowing: The cup is brimming with chowder.
- intransitive v. To be abundantly filled or supplied: a monument brimming with tourists; workers brimming with pride.
- transitive v. To fill to the brim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sea; ocean; water; flood.
- n. an edge or border (originally specifically of the sea or a body of water)
- n. the topmost rim or lip of a container
- n. a projecting rim, especially of a hat
- v. to be full to overflowing
- v. Of pigs: to be in heat, to rut.
- adj. fierce; sharp; cold
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rim, border, or upper edge of a cup, dish, or any hollow vessel used for holding anything.
- n. The edge or margin, as of a fountain, or of the water contained in it; the brink; border.
- n. The rim of a hat.
- intransitive v. To be full to the brim.
- transitive v. To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
- adj. Fierce; sharp; cold. See breme.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sea; ocean; water; flood.
- n. A brink, edge, or margin; more especially, the line of junction between a body of water and its bank, or between the bank and the adjoining level: as, to descend to the brim of a lake; the river is full to the brim.
- n. The upper edge of anything hollow: as, the brim of a cup.
- n. A projecting edge, border, or rim round anything hollow: as, the brim of a hat.
- To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top.
- To be full to the brim: as, a brimming glass.
- To coast along near; skirt.
- To brim over, to run over the brim; overflow: often used in a figurative sense.
- To be in heat, as a boar or sow.
- Famous; celebrated; well known; notorious.
- Violent; fierce; terrible; sharp.
- Strong; powerful.
- Sharp; acute.
- n. A fish of the family Centrarchidæ, the long-eared sunfish, Lepomis auritus.
- n. The forehead.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be completely full
- n. the top edge of a vessel or other container
- v. fill as much as possible
- n. a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
Middle English brimme.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English brim, brym, brymm ("surf, flood, wave, sea, ocean, water, sea-edge, shore"), from Old English *brimman, bremman ("to rage, roar"), from Proto-Germanic *bremmanan, *bremanan (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerem-, *bʰrem(e)-, *breme- (“to hum, make a noise”). Cognate with Icelandic brim ("sea, surf"), Dutch brommen ("to hum, buzz"), German brummen ("to hum, drone"), Latin fremō ("roar, growl", v), Ancient Greek βρέμω (brémou, "roar, roar like the ocean", v). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English brim, brem, brimme ("margin, edge of a river, lake, or sea"), probably from Middle English brim ("sea, ocean, surf, shore"). See above. Cognate with Dutch berm ("bank, riverbank"), Bavarian Bräm ("border, stripe"), German Bräme, Brame ("border, edge"), Danish bræmme ("border, edge, brim"), Swedish bräm ("border, edge"), Icelandic barmur ("edge, verge, brink"). Related to berm. (Wiktionary)
Either from breme, or directly from Old English bremman ("to roar, rage") (though not attested in Middle English). (Wiktionary)
See breme. (Wiktionary)