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1 the top edge of a vessel [syn: rim, lip]
2 a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat


1 be completely full; "His eyes brimmed with tears"
2 fill as much as possible; "brim a cup to good fellowship" [also: brimming, brimmed]

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  • /brɪm/
  • Rhymes: -ɪm

Etymology 1

Origin uncertain. Probably cognate with berm, Dutch berm, French berme, German Brame, Bräme, Old Norse barmr. Compare Old English brim, brymme.


  1. an edge or border (originally specifically of the sea or a body of water)
  2. the topmost rim or lip of a container
    The toy box was filled to the brim with stuffed animals.
  3. a projecting rim, especially of a hat
    He turned the back of his brim up stylishly.
Derived terms


  1. to be full to overflowing
    The room brimmed with people.
    • 2006 New York Times
      It was a hint of life in a place that still brims with memories of death, a reminder that even five years later, the attacks are not so very distant.
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Etymology 2

Either from breme, or directly from bremman (though not attested in Middle English).


  1. Of pigs: to be in heat, to rut.

Old English


  • /brim/


  1. the edge of the sea or a body of water
  2. surf; the surface of the sea
  3. sea, ocean, water


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Lepomis Rafinesque, 1819, is a genus of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The type species is L. auritus, the redbreast sunfish. The species of this genus are known as common or eared sunfishes. The most recognizable of this genus is common to many anglers as the "bluegill".
The common sunfishes, which grow to a maximum overall length of 12–40 cm (5–16 in), depending on species, are widely distributed throughout the lakes and rivers of the United States and Canada, and several species have been transplanted and flourished around the world, even becoming pests. (Trade in some Lepomis species is prohibited in Germany for this reason.) Many are sought by anglers as panfish, and large numbers are bred to stock lakes.
Lepomis species are sometimes referred to as bream, but the term more properly refers to the similar-looking but unrelated European Cypriniformes of genus Abramis.
The generic name Lepomis derives from the Greek λεπίς (scale) and πώμα (cover, plug, operculum).

Fossil record

The redear sunfish is the first-known species of Centrarchidae based on fossil records, as old as 16.3 miilion years, dating back to the Middle Miocene


L. gulosus, the warmouth, was formerly Chaenobryttus gulosus, the only species of that genus. ITIS still uses the old classification.


brim in Czech: Slunečnice (Lepomis)
brim in Spanish: Lepomis
brim in French: Lepomis
brim in Polish: Lepomis

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