- 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" .