- a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation.
- to flood or drench with water or the like.
- Nautical. to sink or fill (a boat) with water.
- to plunge or cause to sink in or as if in a swamp.
- to overwhelm, especially to overwhelm with an excess of something: He swamped us with work.
- to render helpless.
- to remove trees and underbrush from (a specific area), especially to make or cleave a trail (often followed by out).
- to trim (felled trees) into logs, as at a logging camp or sawmill.
- to fill with water and sink, as a boat.
- to sink or be stuck in a swamp or something likened to a swamp.
- to be plunged into or overwhelmed with something, especially something that keeps one busy, worried, etc.
Origin of swamp
Related Words for swampmud, marshland, quagmire, morass, bog, drench, inundate, besiege, saturate, overload, beset, wash, drown, engulf, submerge, overflow, sink, overcrowd, fen, mire
Examples from the Web for swamp
Contemporary Examples of 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
October 21, 2014
When the pioneers reached Toledo it was called “Frogtown” because the place was a swamp.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
Yeager took the photo while balancing on a raft in a muddy Jamaican swamp.The Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds
May 31, 2014
Description: A “swamp cabbage” is a semi-aquatic tropical plant.Craziest SXSW Band Names: Perfect Pussy, Death By Unga Bunga, and More
March 8, 2014
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
November 8, 2013
Historical Examples of swamp
Taku-Wakin could no more lead them out of the Swamp than his stick would leave him.The Trail Book
Man, although he had just come, became king of this swamp, king for the night.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"I got in the swamp trying to take a short cut," Frank explained.Frank Roscoe's Secret
But to go at it and drain the swamp was a very different matter.The Harbor
A nuisance on Balera, which is the equivalent of a Terran swamp.Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
- permanently waterlogged ground that is usually overgrown and sometimes partly forestedCompare marsh
- (as modifier)swamp fever
- to drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged
- nautical to cause (a boat) to sink or fill with water or (of a boat) to sink or fill with water
- to overburden or overwhelm or be overburdened or overwhelmed, as by excess work or great numberswe have been swamped with applications
- to sink or stick or cause to sink or stick in or as if in a swamp
- (tr) to render helpless
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.
- An area of low-lying wet or seasonally flooded land, often having trees and dense shrubs or thickets.