- 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 Wordsmud, marshland, quagmire, morass, bog, drench, inundate, besiege, saturate, overload, beset, wash, drown, engulf, submerge, overflow, sink, overcrowd, fen, mire
Examples from the Web for swamping
Frantic thousands are swamping boats of all sizes in their craze to get away.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
The difficulty of the "swamping effects of inter-crossing" is practically at an end.Evolution in Modern Thought
It was only four months since the Hun was swamping us with his tempestuous might!Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
But with a sea running so high there was danger of swamping every moment.Swept Out to Sea
W. Bertram Foster
It was not enough that the canoe should be kept from broaching-to and swamping or upsetting.The Backwoodsmen
Charles G. D. Roberts
- 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 and History for swamping
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.