A girl getting drenched running through a fountain.
- The definition of a drench is a large amount of a liquid medicine, or an instance or act of soaking.
- An example of a drench is a liquid medicine for a horse.
- An example of a drench is a pouring of lemonade all over a shoe.
- Drench is defined as to soak, or to make an animal swallow a liquid medicine.
- An example of to drench is to pour water all over a paper plate.
- An example of to drench is to force a cow to take medicine.
- to make (a horse, cow, etc.) swallow a medicinal liquid
- to make wet all over; soak or saturate in liquid
Origin of drenchMiddle English drenchen from Old English drencan, to make drink, drown, causative of drincan, to drink from Germanic an unverified form drank-, preterit stem of an unverified form drinkan, drink + -jan, causative suffix
- a large liquid dose, esp. for a sick animal
- a drenching or soaking
- a solution for soaking
transitive verbdrenched, drench·ing, drench·es
- To wet through and through; soak.
- To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to (an animal).
- To provide with something in great abundance; surfeit: just drenched in money.
- The act of wetting or becoming wet through and through.
- Something that drenches: a drench of rain.
- A large dose of liquid medicine, especially one administered to an animal by pouring down the throat.
Origin of drenchMiddle English drenchen to drown from Old English drencan to give to drink, drown ; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- A draught administered to an animal.
- Give my roan horse a drench.
(third-person singular simple present drenches, present participle drenching, simple past and past participle drenched)
Middle English drenchen, from Old English drenċan, from Proto-Germanic *drankijaną (compare Dutch drenken ‘to get a drink’, German tränken ‘to water, give a drink’), causative of *drinkaną (“to drink”). More at drink.
Anglo-Saxon dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icelandic drengr.