Meaning of brim


The brim is the top of a container, like the edge of a cup. Also, if a cup is brimming, it’s full.

This word has a couple meanings related to fullness. If a cup is full, it’s filled to the brim. The brim is the top. Containers such as buckets and pitchers have brims too. Also, the bucket is brimming if it’s totally full. A brimming container is likely to spill. People can brim too: you can be brimming with enthusiasm or happiness. Like a cup about to spill, you can’t quite contain yourself when you’re brimming with joy.

Definitions of brim
  1. noun

    the top edge of a vessel or other container


    lip, rim

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    collar, shoe collar

    the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
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    a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object

  2. verb

    be completely full

    “His eyes
    brimmed with tears”
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    feature, have

    have as a feature

  3. verb

    fill as much as possible

    brim a cup to good fellowship”
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    fill, fill up, make full

    make full, also in a metaphorical sense

  4. noun

    a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat

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    bill, eyeshade, peak, visor, vizor

    a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
    snap brim

    a brim that can be turned up and down on opposite sides
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    any structure that branches out from a central support

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