verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of swamp
Related Words for swampeddrench, inundate, besiege, saturate, overload, beset, wash, drown, engulf, submerge, overflow, sink, overcrowd, satiate, surfeit, crowd, upset, snow, submerse, whelm
Examples from the Web for swamped
Contemporary Examples of swamped
No one in Washington listened, and Sequoyah was swamped by the establishment of Oklahoma in 1907.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
The Daily Pic: In 1913, New Yorker Robert Winthrop Chandler was a successful radical, until he got swamped by Matisse and Duchamp.Painting, Red in Tooth and Claw
November 8, 2013
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
November 7, 2013
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
July 5, 2013
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’
August 27, 2012
Historical Examples of swamped
At one moment you might have thought it swamped, for no sign of it could be detected.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was one of those moments when a man's hope is swamped in present difficulties.
In the uproar forward, Madden heard the cries: "Th' dinghy's swamped!"
Her pupils had dilated until the irises were swamped in black.The Education of Eric Lane
I 'm just as hurried as that boy of yours was when he swamped the powder-magazine.Barrington
Charles James Lever
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.