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 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
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