An example of a swamp is the Okefenokee swamp located in Georgia and Florida.
An example of to swamp is a supervisor giving their employee a ton of work to do.
A financial swamp.
She was swamped with work.
Swamped by debts.
Origin of swamp
- Perhaps of Low German origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From a fusion of Middle English swam (“swamp, muddy pool, bog, marsh", also "fungus, mushroom"), from Old English swamm (“mushroom, fungus, sponge") and Middle English sompe (“marsh, morass"), from Middle Dutch somp, sump (“marsh, swamp") or Middle Low German sump (“marsh, swamp"), from Old Saxon *sump (“swamp, marsh"); all from Proto-Germanic *sumpaz. Cognate with Dutch zwamp (“swamp, marsh, fen"), Middle Low German swamp (“sponge, mushroom"), Dutch zomp (“swamp, lake, marshy place"), German Sumpf (“swamp"), Swedish sump (“swamp"). Related also to Dutch zwam (“fungus, punk, tinder"), German Schwamm (“mushroom, fungus, sponge"), Swedish svamp (“mushroom, fungus, sponge"), Icelandic svampur, svepper (“fungus"), Gothic [script?] (swumsl, “a ditch"). Related to sump, swim.