verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- swammerdam, jan,
- swamp andromeda,
- swamp azalea,
- swamp boat,
- swamp buggy,
- swamp buttonwood
Origin of swamp
Examples from the Web for swamp
Klain is not the first to crawl out of the swamp of Biden World on to the larger stage.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden|Lloyd Green|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the pioneers reached Toledo it was called “Frogtown” because the place was a swamp.
Yeager took the photo while balancing on a raft in a muddy Jamaican swamp.
Description: A “swamp cabbage” is a semi-aquatic tropical plant.Craziest SXSW Band Names: Perfect Pussy, Death By Unga Bunga, and More|Marlow Stern|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, but the dark Justice League—with Swamp Thing, Etrigan, Constantine, Deadman, and others.Guillermo Del Toro on ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ Collaborating with Kanye West, and More|Marlow Stern|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A bog or swamp is a most disagreeable place in which to be caught, and calls for calmness to get out without a wetting or fall.How Women Should Ride|C. De Hurst
The acrobatic youth ran to a big tree growing close to the edge of the swamp.The Putnam Hall Rebellion|Arthur M. Winfield
Immediately below Tiptonville the swamp for many miles extends entirely to the river.From Fort Henry to Corinth|Manning Ferguson Force
A plank or fence-rail served as a temporary draw-bridge, which was pulled into the swamp after passing over.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
It was also the most dangerous part of the swamp because safe trails were few.Swamp Cat|James Arthur Kjelgaard
- permanently waterlogged ground that is usually overgrown and sometimes partly forestedCompare marsh
- (as modifier)swamp fever
Word Origin for swamp
1624 (first used by Capt. John Smith, in reference to Virginia), perhaps a dialectal survival from an Old English cognate of Old Norse svoppr "sponge, fungus," from Proto-Germanic *swampuz; but traditionally connected with Middle English sompe "morass, swamp," probably from Middle Dutch somp or Middle Low German sump "swamp." Related to Old Norse svöppr "sponge." Swamp Yankee "rural, rustic New Englander" is attested from 1941.
"overwhelm, sink (as if in a swamp)," 1772, from swamp (n.). Figurative sense is from 1818. Related: Swamped; swamping.