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teeming1

[tee-ming] /ˈti mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
abounding or swarming with something, as with people:
We elbowed our way through the teeming station.
2.
prolific or fertile.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; teem1 + -ing2
Related forms
teemingly, adverb
teemingness, noun

teeming2

[tee-ming] /ˈti mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
falling in torrents:
a teeming rain.
Origin
1685-95; teem2 + -ing2

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
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.

teem2

[teem] /tim/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to empty or pour out; discharge.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English temen < Old Norse tæma to empty, derivative of tōmr empty, cognate with Old English tōm free from
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British Dictionary definitions for teeming

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 teeming
adj.

"swarming," 1715, present participle adjective from teem (v.1).

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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