ream

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See also: Ream and réam

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English reme, rem, from Old English rēam (cream), from Proto-West Germanic *raum, from Proto-Germanic *raumaz (cream), from Proto-Indo-European *réwgʰmn̥ (to sour [milk]).

Cognate with Dutch room (cream), German Rahm (cream), Norwegian rømme (sour cream), Icelandic rjómi (cream). See also ramekin.

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ream

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Cream; also, the creamlike froth on ale or other liquor; froth or foam in general.

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ream (third-person singular simple present reams, present participle reaming, simple past and past participle reamed)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To cream; mantle; foam; froth.

Etymology 2[edit]

Etymology uncertain, possibly a variant of rime (etymology 4).[1] Doublet of room.

Verb[edit]

ream (third-person singular simple present reams, present participle reaming, simple past and past participle reamed)

  1. (transitive) To enlarge (a hole), especially using a reamer; to bore (a hole) wider.
    Synonym: rime
  2. (transitive) To remove (material) by reaming.
  3. (transitive) To remove burrs and debris from inside (something, such as a freshly bored hole) using a tool.
    Synonym: rime
  4. To shape or form, especially using a reamer.
  5. (slang, vulgar, by extension from sense of enlarging a hole) To sexually penetrate in a rough and painful way.
  6. (slang) To yell at or berate.
    Synonym: ream out
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English reme, from Old French raime, rayme (ream) (French rame), from Arabicرِزْمَة(rizma, bundle).

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ream (plural reams)

  1. A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, nowadays usually containing 500 sheets.
    Coordinate terms: bale, bundle, quire
  2. (chiefly in the plural) An abstract large amount of something.
    Synonyms: bunch, load, pile; see also Thesaurus:lot
    I can't go – I still have reams of work left.
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  1. ^ ream, v.4”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2023; “ream2, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Latin regimen, regimine. Compare French royaume (Old French reaume, reiame), Occitan reialme, Romansh reginam.

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ream m (plural reams)

  1. kingdom

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ream f

  1. accusative singular of rea

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ream

  1. Alternative form of rem

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *raum, from Proto-Germanic *raumaz.

Cognate with Middle Low German rōm, Middle Dutch room, Old High German roum (German Rahm), Old Norse rjúmi (Icelandic rjómi, Norwegian rømme).

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rēam m

  1. cream

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  • English: ream

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English, from Old English ream (cream).

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ream (uncountable)

  1. (food): cream
  2. (ointment): cream