brink

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English brinke, from Old Norse *brenka, brinka, from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz (hill, edge (of land)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰren- (project). Cognate with Dutch brink (grassland), dialectal German Brunkel, Icelandic brekka (slope); also Tocharian B prenke (island), Irish braine (prow).

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brink (plural brinks)

  1. The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge.
    the brink of a river
  2. (figuratively) The edge or border
    the brink of success
    He's on the brink of madness.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch brinc, from Old Dutch brink, from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz.

Cognate with English brink.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /brɪŋk/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: brink
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Noun[edit]

brink m (plural brinken, diminutive brinkje n)

  1. village green, functioning as a central square
  2. edge or margin of a field
  3. edge or margin of a hill
  4. grassy edge or margin of a strip of land
  5. grassland

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Middle English[edit]

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brink

  1. Alternative form of brinke