[ droun ]
/ draʊn /
verb (used without object)
to die under water or other liquid of suffocation.
verb (used with object)
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.
- 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.
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Origin of drown
1250–1300; Middle English drounnen, Old English druncnian, perhaps by loss of c between nasals and shift of length from nn to ou
Related formsdrown·er, nounhalf-drowned, adjectivehalf-drown·ing, adjectiveun·drowned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drown out
/ (draʊn) /
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
Derived Formsdrowner, noun
Word Origin for drown
C13: probably from Old English druncnian; related to Old Norse drukna to be drowned
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Idioms and Phrases with drown out (1 of 2)
Overwhelm with a louder sound, as in Their cries were drowned out by the passing train. [Early 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with drown out (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat
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