Definition of brim in English:

brim

nounPlural brims

  • 1The projecting edge around the bottom of a hat.

    ‘a soft hat with a turned-up brim’
    • ‘Women may wear peasant babushkas on their heads, and men may wear hats with floppy brims.’
    • ‘However, the short brim of a baseball cap can create a long shadow across the body of a standing person.’
    • ‘Her face showed little emotion as the dark flicker of shadows created by the brim of her hat shaded her eyes.’
    • ‘They wore big felt hats, their brims curled upwards, embroidered bolero jackets and cream colored chamois breeches.’
    • ‘It's made from 100% polyester soft pro fleece with binding at the brim and a little pocket centered at forehead level.’
    • ‘Wear sun-protective clothing such as hats with broad brims.’
    • ‘Cover your hair with a large brim hat or scarf while sitting poolside to block the sun's rays.’
    • ‘Another tip is to sew or heat press your company information, including address and phone number, inside the brim.’
    • ‘When resting your hat on a table, rest it on its crown (upside down), rather than its brim.’
    • ‘A wrench beside his face pertly pushed up the brim of his orange baseball cap.’
    • ‘Jane adjusted her own less dramatic hat, with a smaller brim and darker shade.’
    • ‘The brim of his hat shaded his eyes, but I knew that they were looking at me.’
    • ‘Laila put the hat on, angling the brim like I did.’
    • ‘The man pocketed the envelope, then briefly touched the brim of his hat as he stood.’
    • ‘The hat was a pale blue that looked like a stocking cap, but had a small brim in the front like a baseball cap.’
    • ‘As a rule of thumb, if you can stick a whole finger under the brim of the hat, it's too big.’
    • ‘He is wearing a baseball cap with the brim extending over his left ear.’
    • ‘The ultimate wedding hat featured a wide brim surrounded by flowers and a huge veil which belled into a dress.’
    • ‘Both wore black hats with short crowns and wide brims.’
    • ‘His hat had a harness and the brim was also decorated with gold buttons.’
    peak, visor, bill, projection, shield, shade
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  • 2The upper edge or lip of a cup, bowl, or other container.

    ‘he filled her glass to the brim’
    • ‘Greg opened one trunk, and found it packed to the brim with books.’
    • ‘Whatever receptacle you took up to his barrow, short of a bucket, he would fill to the brim, for one old penny.’
    • ‘What looked like a small set of saddlebags was stuffed to the brim with items that Zareni couldn't quite make out.’
    • ‘The bowls are small but they're filled to the brim with intriguing ingredients.’
    • ‘The chest was filled to the brim with silver bars.’
    • ‘Both large containers were filled to the brim with a red thick goo.’
    • ‘It was some kind of scrapbook, stuffed to the brim with photos, letters, and newspaper clippings.’
    • ‘Or, you may wish to purchase baskets already planted to the brim with spectacular begonias ready to hang.’
    • ‘In the far right corner there was a bookshelf stuffed to the brim with books on history and folklore and legends.’
    • ‘Year round rains had filled the reservoirs to the brim, a sight not seen in recent memory.’
    • ‘Gabe promptly filled Ethan's bowl to the brim with the contents of that pot.’
    • ‘The man carried a small satchel on his back full to the brim with goods, but this year there were no customers.’
    • ‘I imagined the shelter filled to the brim with rubbish.’
    • ‘She took out a lunchbox stuffed to the brim with sweets and chocolate.’
    • ‘The trash bin was stuffed to the brim, but Blair's crate was set off to the side, smashed into several pieces.’
    • ‘Anyhow, my zucchinis were stuffed to the brim, and I put the lids back on.’
    • ‘She grabbed the bottle and filled it nearly to the brim, spilling a little on the bar top.’
    • ‘The bottle tipped over, filling the glass to the brim.’
    • ‘Both mercenaries had already finished loading their ammo packs to the brim with ammo for their selected weapons.’
    • ‘Then, fill up that salad or soup bowl to the brim!’
    rim, lip, brink, edge, margin
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verbbrimmed, brims, brimming

[no object]often as adjective brimming
  • 1Be full to the point of overflowing.

    ‘a brimming cup’
    • ‘The garbage can beside me is brimming by the minute.’
    • ‘His campaign war chest is brimming - it is expected that he will have raised $170 million by early spring.’
    • ‘He stared back at me, blue eyes actually brimming.’
    • ‘With their coffers brimming, the public networks can splurge on top talent.’
    • ‘Greenhouse shelves are brimming, but make room for cucurbit starts (squash, melons and gourds).’
    • ‘‘People don't pick on people's sisters,’ she protested, her eyes brimming.’
    be full, be filled up, be filled to the top, be full to capacity, be packed with, overflow, run over, well over
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    1. 1.1 Fill something so completely that it almost overflows.
      ‘large tears brimmed in her eyes’
      • ‘Tears filled her eyes and brimmed over the edge.’
      • ‘I could feel the tears brimming at the edge of my eyes.’
      • ‘With tears brimming, I stop filming and rub the backs of my knuckles across my eyes.’
      • ‘Then she pulled her hand away, but not before I saw her eyes brim with tears.’
      • ‘Lena muttered, dark circles brimming into her eyes.’
      • ‘Already I could feel hot tears brimming my eyes.’
      fill, fill up, fill to capacity, overflow
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    2. 1.2 Be full of a particular quality, feeling, etc.
      ‘he is brimming with ideas’
      • ‘His writing brims with death and decay, but, buoyed by a certain old-fashioned stateliness, it avoids cheap gore.’
      • ‘Words escaped her - there was nothing more than a full, brimming feeling that she was about to puke.’
      • ‘The work is an icy bluish gray, brimming over with a quiet urgency and haunting luminosity.’
      • ‘Oh I would never have guessed, I thought, brimming over with smugness.’
      • ‘The recording brims with the excitement of realized talent.’
      • ‘Her voice was brimming over with joyous laughter.’
      • ‘In fact, the exhibition brims with other themes that invite elaboration that would give interpretative depth.’
      • ‘I bite my lip, aware of the hope brimming inside me.’
      • ‘An oblique love story, the play brims with compassionate understanding.’
      • ‘He felt the love, a relatively new feeling, brimming within him and fought the urge to take her in his arms.’
      • ‘How to do this when I wasn't exactly brimming over with information?’
      • ‘He again heard the whispers of Sara's happy voice, excitement brimming at the prospect of artistic learning.’
      • ‘But not enough to hide the concern she was feeling for her friend that was brimming behind her sparkling blue eyes.’
      • ‘She asked, curiosity brimming in her eyes and voice.’
      • ‘He's a positive thinker now, full of can-do, upbeat mottoes and brimming over with assertive high spirits.’
      • ‘He was brimming over with excitement by this stage.’
      • ‘Most, however, returned home, brimming over with plunder.’
      • ‘The industry brims with theories on what makes millennials tick.’
      • ‘That disc brims with behind-the-scenes explanations and endearing insights into the mind of the director.’
      • ‘I was brimming, no, overflowing with good feelings.’
      • ‘It's dark, at times brooding, but brimming full of energy and orchestration.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the edge of the sea or other body of water): perhaps related to German Bräme ‘trimming’.

Pronunciation

brim

/brɪm/