verb[no object] (teem with)
- The streets teem with hustling, bustling humanity, hag-like beggar women, street urchins and drunken revellers urinating against inn walls, all rubbing shoulders with the gentry in their smart clothes and carriages.
- The streets of Saigon teem with people, noises, and smells like no other city in Asia.
- Today, the same streets teem with chic shops and restaurants, and many of the old factories have been converted into fancy apartments.
Old English tēman, tīeman, of Germanic origin; related to team. The original senses included 'give birth to', also 'be or become pregnant', giving rise to 'be full of' in the late 16th century.
- So hard was the rain teeming down on Friday that play on the famous golf course was called off before 3pm.
- The residents were piling up sodden carpets and furniture by the roadside, with the rain still teeming down.
- I could have smashed the bottle on the concrete front doorstep, but the rain was teeming down and I would get wet again.
Middle English: from Old Norse tœma 'to empty', from tómr 'empty'. The original sense was 'to empty', specifically 'to drain liquid from, pour liquid out'; the current sense (originally dialect) dates from the early 19th century.