- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for drown on Thesaurus.com
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
November 9, 2014
Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.Mexico City: Francisco Goldman’s Other Lost Love
September 25, 2014
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
If prioritizing guns over dead kids makes you angry, stand up and drown his words out with action.Joe the Plumber’s ‘Dead Kid’ Callousness
May 29, 2014
The ice breaks, the Reds drown, the Whites rally to take the Island.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
That was why she had made such a noise about it, in order to drown these words.Rico and Wiseli
But are you voluble enough to drown all sense in a torrent of words?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Were we to drown the world with them, could the world blame us?Tanglewood Tales
Peter might not be dead; what should he say to Margaret if he left him there to drown?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Stryker had befriended him indeed, had he permitted him to drown.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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
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
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat