- To be stocked to overflowing.
- 1685, Matthew Prior, “A Satyr on the modern Translators”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, Second edition, volume I, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, page 20:
- But well he knew his teeming pangs were vain,
Till Midwife Dryden eas’d his labouring Brain;
- 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], →OCLC:
- his mind teeming with schemes of future deceit to cover former villainy
- To be prolific; to abound; to be rife.
- Fish teem in this pond.
- 1944 November and December, A Former Pupil, “Some Memories of Crewe Works—II”, in Railway Magazine, page 341:
- The steel works, with their Siemens furnaces, the rail-rolling mill with its enormous single-cylinder engine fitted with Corliss valve gear, and the forge in which were installed the great steam hammers and hydraulic presses—these were teeming with interest, and the best way to pick up information was to work with the millwrights.
- (obsolete) To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
- (archaic) To empty.
- 1849, G. C. Greenwell, A Glossary of Terms used in the Coal Trade of Northumberland and Durham:
- [The banksman] also puts the full tubs to the weighing machine, and thence to the skreens, upon which he teems the coals. It is also his duty to keep an account of the quantity of coals and stones drawn each day.
- 1913, D. H. Lawrence, “ Chapter 9 on Wikisource.Wikisource ”, in Sons_and_Lovers:
- “Are you sure they’re good lodgings?” she asked.
“Yes—yes. Only—it’s a winder when you have to pour your own tea out—an’ nobody to grouse if you teem it in your saucer and sup it up. It somehow takes a’ the taste out of it.”
- To pour (especially with rain)
- To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mould, with molten metal.
From Middle English temen (“to be suitable, befit”), from Old English *teman, from Proto-Germanic *temaną (“to fit”). Cognate with Low German temen, tamen (“to befit”), Dutch betamen (“to befit”), German ziemen. See also tame (adjective) and compare beteem.
- (obsolete, rare) To think fit.
- 1603, George Gifford, Dialogue of Witches:
- Ah, said he, thou hast confessed and bewrayed all, I could teem it to rend thee in pieces
- to move something
- Sẽŋɛ ka teem bʋʋsɩ la
- Go move the goats
- Sẽŋɛ ka teem bʋʋsɩ la
- Alternative form of