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