- The definition of a swamp is a low area of land that is always or sometimes saturated with water.
An example of a swamp is the Okefenokee swamp located in Georgia and Florida.
- Swamp is defined as to be sunk or overwhelmed.
An example of to swamp is a supervisor giving their employee a ton of work to do.
Origin of swampfrom dialect, dialectal variant, variety (or Low German cognate) of Middle English sompe, akin to Middle Low German swamp, Gothic and Old English swamm, fungus, mushroom from Indo-European base an unverified form swomb(h)os, spongy, porous from source Classical Greek somphos, spongy
- to plunge or sink in a swamp, deep water, etc.
- to flood or submerge with or as with water
- to overcome or overwhelm; ruin: swamped by debts
- to sink (a boat) by filling with water
- to make (a path) or clear (an area) by removing underbrush and slash, as in logging
- a. An area of low-lying land that is frequently flooded, especially one dominated by woody plants.b. A lowland region saturated with water.
- A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables: a financial swamp.
verbswamped, swamp·ing, swamps
- To drench in or cover with or as if with water.
- To inundate or burden; overwhelm: She was swamped with work.
- Nautical To fill (a ship or boat) with water to the point of sinking it.
Origin of swampPerhaps of Low German origin
- A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.
- A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.
(third-person singular simple present swamps, present participle swamping, simple past and past participle swamped)
From a fusion of Middle English swam (“swamp, muddy pool, bog, marsh", also "fungus, mushroom"), from Old English swamm (“mushroom, fungus, sponge") and Middle English sompe (“marsh, morass"), from Middle Dutch somp, sump (“marsh, swamp") or Middle Low German sump (“marsh, swamp"), from Old Saxon *sump (“swamp, marsh"); all from Proto-Germanic *sumpaz. Cognate with Dutch zwamp (“swamp, marsh, fen"), Middle Low German swamp (“sponge, mushroom"), Dutch zomp (“swamp, lake, marshy place"), German Sumpf (“swamp"), Swedish sump (“swamp"). Related also to Dutch zwam (“fungus, punk, tinder"), German Schwamm (“mushroom, fungus, sponge"), Swedish svamp (“mushroom, fungus, sponge"), Icelandic svampur, svepper (“fungus"), Gothic [script?] (swumsl, “a ditch"). Related to sump, swim.