brink

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From Middle English brinke, from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz (compare Dutch brink (grassland), dialectal German Brunkel, Icelandic brekka (slope)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰren- ‘project’ (compare Tocharian B prenke (island), Irish braine (prow)).

Noun[edit]

brink (plural brinks)

  1. The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; a border; as, the brink of a chasm. Also used figuratively.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch brinc, from Old Dutch brink. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz. Cognate with English brink.

Noun[edit]

brink m (plural brinken, diminutive brinkje n)

  1. edge or margin of a field
  2. edge or margin of a hill
  3. grassy edge or margin of a strip of land
  4. grassland