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Origin + Etymology
Middle English;from the Old Norse tœma "to empty," from tómr "empty." The original sense was "to empty," specifically "to drain liquid from, pour liquid out;" the current sense (originally dialect) dates from the early 19th century.
  • brimming filled overflowing packed swarming bristling
  • empty lacking needing wanting
abounding or swarming with something, as with people
A) The plaza was teeming with people on the day of the farmers' market. B) The first hot day of the year meant that the apartment's pool would be teeming with swimmers.
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