brink

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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,
    the brink of a river
  2. (figuratively) The edge or border
    the brink of success
    He's on the brink of madness.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

External links[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch brinc, from Old Dutch brink, 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