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.
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.
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