Drown Definition

drowned, drowning, drowns
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
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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