Drown Definition

droun
drowned, drowning, drowns
verb
drowned, drowning, drowns
To kill by suffocation in water or other liquid.
Webster's New World
To cover with water; flood; inundate.
Webster's New World
To deaden one's awareness of; blot out.
People who drowned their troubles in drink.
American Heritage
To overwhelm.
Webster's New World
To die by suffocation in water or other liquid.
Webster's New World
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idiom
drown (one's) sorrow
  • To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.
American Heritage

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Drown

  • drown (one's) sorrow

Origin of Drown

  • 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" .

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English drounen probably of Scandinavian origin dhreg- in Indo-European roots

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

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