brim

[13] Brim appears out of the blue at the beginning of the 13th century, meaning ‘edge, border’, with no apparent ancestor in Old English. It is usually connected with Middle High German brem and Old Norse barmr, both ‘edge’, which would point to a prehistoric Germanic source *berm- or *barm-. It has been conjectured that this could derive from the stem *ber- (source of English bear ‘carry’), and that the etymological meaning of brim is thus ‘raised border’. The modern sense ‘rim of a hat’ is first recorded in Shakespeare. => BEAR

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • brim — brim·ful; brim·less; brim·ming·ly; brim·my; brim; brim·stony; brim·mer; brim·stone; brim·full; brim·ful·ly; brim·ful·ness; …   English syllables

  • brim — /brɪm / (say brim) noun 1. the upper edge of anything hollow; rim: the brim of a cup. 2. a projecting edge: the brim of a hat. 3. Obsolete edge or margin. –verb (brimmed, brimming) –verb (i) 4. to be full to the brim; to be full to overflowing: a …   Australian English dictionary

  • Brim — Brim, n. [OE. brim, brimme, AS. brymme edge, border; akin to Icel. barmr, Sw. br[ a]m, Dan. br[ae]mme, G. brame, br[ a]me. Possibly the same word as AS. brim surge, sea, and properly meaning, the line of surf at the border of the sea, and akin to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brim — Brim, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brimming}.] To be full to the brim. The brimming stream. Milton. [1913 Webster] {To brim over} (literally or figuratively), to be so full that some of the contents flows over the brim; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brim — Brim, v. t. To fill to the brim, upper edge, or top. [1913 Webster] Arrange the board and brim the glass. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brim — [brɪm] noun [C] I 1) the part of a hat that sticks out from the base 2) the top edge of a cup or bowl II verb brim [brɪm] brim with sth …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • brim — [brim] n. [ME brimme, akin to ON barmr, rim: for IE base see BROOM] 1. the topmost edge of a cup, glass, bowl, etc. 2. Archaic a) a rim or edge around a body of water b) the water at such an edge 3. a projecting rim or edge of anything …   English World dictionary

  • Brim — Brim, a. Fierce; sharp; cold. See {Breme}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brim — [n] edge of object, usually the top border, brink, circumference, fringe, hem, lip, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, skirt, verge; concept 836 Ant. center, interior, middle brim [v] flow over the top fill, fill up, hold no more, overflow, run… …   New thesaurus

  • brim|my — «BRIHM ee», adjective, mi|er, mi|est. having a wide brim; broad brimmed …   Useful english dictionary

  • brim — index border, edge (border), margin (outside limit) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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