Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEEMED

I love thy victorious throne, which teemed with harmonious strains.

The foundries and dockyards of Algiers teemed with busy workmen.

Indeed, Juda teemed with monuments erected in honor of the Csars.

Thebes stood erect, and Memphis teemed upon the river banks.

Before the horde there was a busy world which teemed with life.

The place just teemed with the sporadic life of an Antarctic summer.

This lake, perhaps half a mile in diameter, teemed with trout.

Now he gazed about streets through which teemed the new activity.

They were based on false principles and teemed with slander and invective.

Then, presently, in temples that had teemed, the silence of the desert brooded.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.