- to submerge; engulf.
- to overcome utterly; overwhelm: whelmed by misfortune.
- to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged.
Origin of whelm
Examples from the Web for whelming
I hear the myriad falsehoods you have told—one whelming confusion.A Ladder of Swords
Sanding: The continuance of the metaphor in "higher waves" are "whelming."The Vision of Sir Launfal
James Russell Lowell
In their whelming presence Babbitt felt small and insignificant.Babbitt
So Torcall the Harper moved into the whelming flood, and he played a wild strange air, like the laughing of a child.The Washer of the Ford
The Emperor's lance splintered; he fought with a pole-axe; still even he became sensible of a whelming pressure.The Prince of India, Volume II
- to engulf entirely with or as if with water
- another word for overwhelm
Word Origin and History for whelming
c.1300, probably from a parallel form of Old English -hwielfan (West Saxon), -hwelfan (Mercian), in ahwelfan "cover over;" probably altered by association with Old English helmian "to cover" (see helmet).