brimful

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

brim +‎ -ful?

Adjective[edit]

brimful (not comparable)

  1. Filled to maximum capacity.
    • Chapman
      So weighty was the cup, / That being propos'd brimful of wine, one scarce could lift it up.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

brimful (plural brimfuls)

  1. The maximum amount a container can hold.
    • 2001, P. Koslowski, The Origin and the Overcoming of Evil and Suffering in the World Religions, Springer Science & Business Media (ISBN 9781402001871), page 17
      If the glass is cracked, it cannot contain a brimful of water; and if and only if the water is calm enough, it can reflect the moon in the sky without distortion.
    • 2012, Thaddeus Hatter, Malice in Wonderland: What Every Law Student Should Have for the Trip, The Fine Print Press (ISBN 9781888960914)
      As I listened to the words as they were coming out of my mouth, I realized that I sounded like Ozzy Osborne after three brimfuls of Merlot and a handful of Vicodin .
  2. (figuratively) A large amount.
    • 2002, Hayley Ann Solomon, A Scandalous Connection, Kensington Publishing Corp. (ISBN 9781420131857)
      Such a suggestion—even a timid one in her own head—would have been met with a brimful of scorn.