Whelm Definition

wĕlm, hwĕlm
To submerge, cover, or engulf.
Webster's New World
To overpower or crush; overwhelm.
Webster's New World

To overcome with emotion.


Origin of Whelm

  • From Middle English whelmen (“to turn over, capsize; make an arch cover; experience a reversal"), akin to Middle English whelven (“to cover over, bury; invert; bring to ruin, to move by rolling"), akin to Old English ahwelfan, ahwylfan (“to cast down, cover over"), Old English helmian (“to cover"), akin to Old Saxon bihwelbian, Dutch welven (“to arch") German wölben, Old High German welben, Icelandic hvelfa (“to overturn; compare"), Ancient Greek κόλπος (kolpos, “bosom, hollow, gulf").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English whelmen to overturn probably alteration (influenced by helmen to cover) of whelven from Old English -hwelfan (as in āhwelfan to cover over)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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