- To drown is to completely cover, or to die by inhaling water or another liquid.
- An example of drown is to pour too much dressing on a salad.
- An example of drown is to be unable to hear a conversation as an airplane passes overhead, it “drowns out” your words.
- An example of drown is to have a cramp while swimming and to die because you are not able to get back to the surface for air.
- The definition of drown is to forget everything by emerging yourself in another task or by drinking alcohol.
An example of to drown is to go to a bar and drink to forget that you lost your job; “to drown your sorrows.”
Origin of drownMiddle English drounen, probably from variant, variety of Old Norse drukna, drown, akin to Old English druncnian, to become drunk, be drowned from druncen, past participle of drincan, drink
- to kill by suffocation in water or other liquid
- to cover with water; flood; inundate
- to overwhelm
- to be so loud as to overwhelm (another sound): usually with out
- to cause to disappear; get rid of: to drown one's worries in drink
verbdrowned, drown·ing, drowns
- To kill by submerging and suffocating in water or another liquid.
- To drench thoroughly or cover with or as if with a liquid.
- To deaden one's awareness of; blot out: people who drowned their troubles in drink.
- To muffle or mask (a sound) by a louder sound: screams that were drowned out by the passing train.
Origin of drownMiddle English drounen probably of Scandinavian origin ; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present drowns, present participle drowning, simple past and past participle drowned)
- (intransitive) To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish by such suffocation.
- To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.
- To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.
- To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; — said especially of sound; usually in the form "to drown out"
- To lose, make hard to find or unnoticeable in an abundant mass
- The CIA gathers so much information that the actual answers it should seek are often drowned in the incessant flood of reports, recordings, satellite images etc.
- The OED suggests an unattested Old English form *drūnian . Harper 2001 points to Old English druncnian, "probably influenced" by Old Norse drukkna (cf. Danish drukne) . Funk & Wagnall's has Middle English drounen, drūnen, 'of uncertain origin'. It has been theorised (see e.g. ODS) that it may represent a direct loan of Old Norse drukkna, but this is described by the OED as being "on phonetic and other grounds [...] highly improbable" .