[ drench ]
/ drɛntʃ /

verb (used with object)


Origin of drench

before 900; Middle English drenchen, Old English drencan, causative of drincan to drink; cognate with Dutch drenken, German tränken to water, give to drink
Related formsdrench·er, noundrench·ing·ly, adverbun·drenched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drench


/ (drɛntʃ) /

verb (tr)

to make completely wet; soak
to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force


the act or an instance of drenching
a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
Derived Formsdrencher, noundrenching, noun, adjective

Word Origin for drench

Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken
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Word Origin and History for drench



c.1200, "to submerge, drown," from Old English drencan "give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown," causative of drincan "to drink" (see drink), from Proto-Germanic *drankijan (cf. Old Norse drekkja, Swedish dränka, Dutch drenken, German tränken, Gothic dragkjan "to give to drink"). Sense of "to wet thoroughly by throwing liquid over" is from c.1550. Related: Drenched; drenching.

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