Definition of brim in English:


Syllabification: brim
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; fringe
  • 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) Back to top  
  • 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.



[in combination:]: a wide-brimmed hat


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  • 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'.

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