- to submerge; engulf.
- to overcome utterly; overwhelm: whelmed by misfortune.
- to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged.
Origin of whelm
Related Wordsdeluge, swamp, flood, engulf, submerge, overflow, overrun, crush, overwhelm, win, reduce, overpower, weather, conquer, survive, surmount, stun, drain, inundate, brim
Examples from the Web for whelm
He wanted to whelm his senses in their perfume, and closed his eyes.Five Tales
Why whelm they that light under a bushel which ought to stand on a candlestick?The Apology of the Church of England
To acquire the reputation of a great warrior, he was willing to whelm provinces in blood.The Empire of Russia
John S. C. Abbott
The Scots were riding forward to whelm him when Brian's men drove down with a wild yell and smote the length of their flank.Nuala O'Malley
That canst not lift thy head above the waves Which whelm and sink thee down!The Vision of Paradise, Complete
- to engulf entirely with or as if with water
- another word for overwhelm
Word Origin and History for whelm
c.1300, probably from a parallel form of Old English -hwielfan (West Saxon), -hwelfan (Mercian), in ahwelfan "cover over;" probably altered by association with Old English helmian "to cover" (see helmet).