- to die under water or other liquid of suffocation.
- to kill by submerging under water or other liquid.
- to destroy or get rid of by, or as if by, immersion: He drowned his sorrows in drink.
- to flood or inundate.
- to overwhelm so as to render inaudible, as by a louder sound (often followed by out).
- to add too much water or liquid to (a drink, food, or the like).
- to slake (lime) by covering with water and letting stand.
- drown in,
- to be overwhelmed by: The company is drowning in bad debts.
- to be covered with or enveloped in: The old movie star was drowning in mink.
Origin of drown
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- to die or kill by immersion in liquid
- (tr) to destroy or get rid of as if by submerginghe drowned his sorrows in drink
- (tr) to drench thoroughly; inundate; flood
- (tr sometimes foll by out) to render (a sound) inaudible by making a loud noise
Word Origin and History for drown out
c.1300, transitive and intransitive, perhaps from an unrecorded derivative word of Old English druncnian (Middle English druncnen) "be swallowed up by water" (originally of ships as well as living things), probably from the base of drincan "to drink."
Modern form is from northern England dialect, probably influenced by Old Norse drukna "be drowned." Related: Drowned; drowning.
Idioms and Phrases with drown out
Overwhelm with a louder sound, as in Their cries were drowned out by the passing train. [Early 1600s]