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
Examples from the Web for half-drowned
Historical Examples of half-drowned
Lambert came to himself with a half-drowned sense of suffocation.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
You get half-drowned, or drowned altogether, before you discover your danger.Angling Sketches
And seems to me it sounded like a half-drowned shout for help.Afloat on the Flood
Lawrence J. Leslie
The engineer placed the half-drowned creature by its mother's side.Brooks's Readers, Third Year
Stratton D. Brooks
"Not about a half-drowned girl taking the trouble to wash her face," he said.The Seven Darlings
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