Definition of brim in English:

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Pronunciation: /brim/


1The projecting edge around the bottom of a hat: a soft hat with a turned-up brim
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  • It's made from 100% polyester soft pro fleece with binding at the brim and a little pocket centered at forehead level.
  • 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.
peak, visor, shield, shade;
1.1The upper edge or lip of a cup, bowl, or other container: tankards frothing to the brim
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  • Then, fill up that salad or soup bowl to the brim!
  • Gabe promptly filled Ethan's bowl to the brim with the contents of that pot.
  • The bowls are small but they're filled to the brim with intriguing ingredients.

verb (brims, brimming, brimmed)

(often as adjective brimming)
1Fill or be full to the point of overflowing: [no object]: a brimming cup [with object]: seawater brimmed the riverbanks
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  • ‘People don't pick on people's sisters,’ she protested, her eyes brimming.
  • He stared back at me, blue eyes actually brimming.
  • Greenhouse shelves are brimming, but make room for cucurbit starts (squash, melons and gourds).
1.1Fill something so completely as almost to spill out of it: large tears brimmed in her eyes
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  • With tears brimming, I stop filming and rub the backs of my knuckles across my eyes.
  • I could feel the tears brimming at the edge of my eyes.
  • Then she pulled her hand away, but not before I saw her eyes brim with tears.
1.2Be possessed by or full of feelings or thoughts: he is brimming with ideas
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  • The recording brims with the excitement of realized talent.
  • His writing brims with death and decay, but, buoyed by a certain old-fashioned stateliness, it avoids cheap gore.
  • That disc brims with behind-the-scenes explanations and endearing insights into the mind of the director.



Pronunciation: /brimd/
[in combination:]: a wide-brimmed hat


Pronunciation: /ˈbrimləs/
Example sentences
  • I wore a brimless baseball cap underneath.
  • He also outlawed the traditional fez, a brimless, cone-shaped, red hat.
  • Everyone who works production at the plant wears white coveralls and a brimless white cap.


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

Words that rhyme with brim

bedim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, him, hymn, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, scrim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim

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Syllabification: brim

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