Drench Definition

drĕnch
drenched, drenches, drenching
verb
drenched, drenches, drenching
To make (a horse, cow, etc.) swallow a medicinal liquid.
Webster's New World
To make wet all over; soak or saturate in liquid.
Webster's New World
To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to (an animal).
American Heritage
To provide with something in great abundance; surfeit.
Just drenched in money.
American Heritage
To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to an animal.
American Heritage Medicine
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noun
drenches
The act of wetting or becoming wet through and through.
American Heritage Medicine
A drenching or soaking.
Webster's New World
Something that drenches.
A drench of rain.
American Heritage
A large liquid dose, esp. for a sick animal.
Webster's New World
A solution for soaking.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Drench

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English drenchen to drown from Old English drencan to give to drink, drown dhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Saxon dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icelandic drengr.

    From Wiktionary

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