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 swamped
No one in Washington listened, and Sequoyah was swamped by the establishment of Oklahoma in 1907.
The Daily Pic: In 1913, New Yorker Robert Winthrop Chandler was a successful radical, until he got swamped by Matisse and Duchamp.
The couple were swamped with phone-waving well-wishers and extra police had to be called in at one stage as numbers swelled.Windsor Love Fest As Will and Kate Meet Barbara on London Bus|Tom Sykes|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But in the past decade the city of less than 60,000 inhabitants has been swamped with over 20 million visitors each year.The Big Idea: How Tourism Can Destroy the Places We Love|Elizabeth Becker|July 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Howard Kurtz talks to Michael Steele about the decision that swamped the convention.Michael Steele Calls Critics of His Choice of Tampa for GOP Convention ‘Stupid’|Howard Kurtz|August 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Herbert Spencer would have been swamped in a family, and the same with George Eliot.Cupid's Middleman|Edward B. Lent
She was very angry, so that for the moment her embarrassment was swamped.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
Otherwise it wouldn't make any difference who I was, as one more misery don't matter when you're swamped in miserableness.Mary Cary|Kate Langley Bosher
To beat out her timbers upon the harbor reef, or be swamped beneath the bows of a warship!The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
Had this not been done, the canoe would inevitably have been swamped.Great African Travellers|W.H.G. Kingston
- 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.