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
Related formsdrown·er, nounhalf-drowned, adjectivehalf-drown·ing, adjectiveun·drowned, adjective
Examples from the Web for drowning
A: Well, I felt more or less like I was drowning, just gasping between life and death.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They want to hear, even as smaller artists are just dying to be heard, drowning in the streams.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple|Dale Eisinger|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
California died in 1997 while rescuing his son from drowning in Hawaii.‘No Stairway, Denied!’ Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Winds on Down the Road|Keith Phipps|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dr. Neal is a spine surgeon who made a trip to heaven while drowning in a kayak accident in South America.
They even alleged that some of the Sunni Muslims they killed were “drowning” in alcohol and drugs and had more than four wives.
I remarked that the one containing the chief priest had fallen into a rivulet, as if fate was not tired of drowning him.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
From a distance came the low rumble of thunder, drowning out many other sounds.The Putnam Hall Rebellion|Arthur M. Winfield
Thy great seal to all the world, the rainbow, that secured the world for ever from drowning, was but a reflection upon a cloud.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions|John Donne
His trousers luckily came off clear, and he swam to the surface, bringing the drowning man with him.
An Indian legend pours cruel scorn upon this childlike megalomania: A fox had fallen into a stream and was drowning.Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
British Dictionary definitions for drowning
Derived Formsdrowner, noun
Word Origin for drown
Idioms and Phrases with drowning
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat