- 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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Examples from the Web for half-drowned
Lambert came to himself with a half-drowned sense of suffocation.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
You get half-drowned, or drowned altogether, before you discover your danger.Angling Sketches
And seems to me it sounded like a half-drowned shout for help.Afloat on the Flood
Lawrence J. Leslie
The engineer placed the half-drowned creature by its mother's side.Brooks's Readers, Third Year
Stratton D. Brooks
"Not about a half-drowned girl taking the trouble to wash her face," he said.The Seven Darlings
- nearly dead or killed by immersion in liquidhalf-drowned crewmen lay on the planks
- 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 half-drowned
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.