Whelm meaning

wĕlm, hwĕlm
To submerge, cover, or engulf.
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To cover with water; submerge.
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To overwhelm.
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To overpower or crush; overwhelm.
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To cover; to submerge; to engulf; to bury.
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To overcome with emotion.
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Origin of whelm

  • 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
  • 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