verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- drown one's sorrows,
- drown out,
- drowned valley,
Origin of drown
Examples from the Web for drown
It seems like, since we live in the sound bite era, grabby headlines like “EBOLA” and “ISIS” tend to drown out those numbers.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If prioritizing guns over dead kids makes you angry, stand up and drown his words out with action.
Stay at the shallow end of the pool until you learn to drown!Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A third drinks neither for the good of the Body or the Mind, but to stupify and drown both.The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life|William Kitchiner
The young gentlemen hauled the poor sheep into the boat, for it would not have done to let it drown after having saved the child.The Loss of the Royal George|W.H.G. Kingston
That they should leave her to drown, while they themselves fled to comparative safety in a boat, was more than he could believe.The Stolen Singer|Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
If I'd said, 'Come along, I'm goin' to drown ye,' she'd 'a' come just the same.Felix O'Day|F. Hopkinson Smith
I'll tell you what I'll do, Mr. Brown, if she starts to do that for my sake I'll drown myself.The Hills of Refuge|Will N. Harben
Word Origin for drown
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat