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teem1

[teem] /tim/
verb (used without object)
1.
to abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile (usually followed by with).
2.
Obsolete. to be or become pregnant; bring forth young.
verb (used with object)
3.
Obsolete. to produce (offspring).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English temen, Old English tēman, tīeman to produce (offspring), derivative of tēam team
Related forms
teemer, noun
Synonyms
1. overflow, brim, overrun, bristle.
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British Dictionary definitions for teem with

teem1

/tiːm/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to be prolific or abundant (in); abound (in)
2.
(obsolete) to bring forth (young)
Word Origin
Old English tēman to produce offspring; related to West Saxon tīeman; see team

teem2

/tiːm/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by down or with rain) to pour in torrents: it's teeming down
2.
(transitive) to pour or empty out
Derived Forms
teemer, noun
Word Origin
C15 temen to empty, from Old Norse tœma; related to Old English tōm, Old High German zuomīg empty
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Word Origin and History for teem with

teem

v.

"abound, swarm," Old English teman (Mercian), tieman (West Saxon) "give birth to, produce," from Proto-Germanic *taumijanan, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to team in its now-obsolete Old English sense of "family, brood of young animals." The meaning "be fertile, abound, swarm" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Teemed; teeming.

"to flow copiously," c.1300, from Old Norse toema "to empty," from tomr "empty," cognate with Old English tom "empty." The original notion is of "to empty a vessel," thus "to pour out." Related: Teemed; teeming.

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