They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.
An example of overwhelm is for a teacher to assign students five lengthy papers due on the same day.
Waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
He was overwhelmed with guilt.
Joy overwhelmed her when she realized that she had won a million dollars.
He was overwhelmed by their generosity.
The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.
Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.
Despair overwhelmed me.
Origin of overwhelm
- From over- +"Ž whelm, or rather Middle English whelmen.