verb (used with object)
Origin of overwhelm
Examples from the Web for overwhelmed
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.
The low crunch of packed dirt against rubber tire was overwhelmed by the ragged explosions of automatic gunfire.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Singh finally showed up at the front door of his home in Amritsar, his family was overwhelmed with relief.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA|Simran Jeet Singh|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When you land in Fort Mac, a town of 100,000, you immediately are overwhelmed by the slickness of the brand new airport.
Physicians are overwhelmed because we are in the middle of a collision of powerful unrestrained forces.
One faculty, standing unmoved in the storm of emotions which had overwhelmed him, perceived this.The House of Mystery|William Henry Irwin
I was treated with so much kindness that I was overwhelmed by their generosity.Saragossa|Benito Prez Galds
Cattle standing in the fields were overwhelmed, and their carcasses strewed the tide.History of the Johnstown Flood|Willis Fletcher Johnson
The aristocracy of England are not all of them overwhelmed by the dignity of their "ancient descent."Lancashire Sketches|Edwin Waugh
That poor ladys ardent powers of endurance had been overwhelmed, at last.Hildebrand|Anonymous
mid-15c., past participle adjective from overwhelm.
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.