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.
Origin of drown
Synonyms for drown
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.
Overwhelm with a louder sound, as in Their cries were drowned out by the passing train. [Early 1600s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat