- To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.
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" .
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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