People who drowned their troubles in drink.
Screams that were drowned out by the passing train.
To drown one's worries in drink.
The CIA gathers so much information that the actual answers it should seek are often drowned in the incessant flood of reports, recordings, satellite images etc.
An example of drown is to pour too much dressing on a salad.
An example of drown is to be unable to hear a conversation as an airplane passes overhead, it “drowns out” your words.
An example of drown is to have a cramp while swimming and to die because you are not able to get back to the surface for air.
An example of to drown is to go to a bar and drink to forget that you lost your job; “to drown your sorrows.”
- To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of drown
- Middle English drounen probably of Scandinavian origin dhreg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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" .