- 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 whelmed
Her crests and peaks, her vales and plains, lie white and whelmed with snow.The Masque of the Elements
The next instant he was whelmed in the avalanche of her words.His Unquiet Ghost
Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
In another moment Bax was whelmed in spray and knee-deep in rushing water.The Lifeboat
The other or eastern end of the isle was whelmed in the blackest shade.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
The rider in that cariole is so whelmed in furs as to be absolutely invisible.The Big Otter
- to engulf entirely with or as if with water
- another word for overwhelm
Word Origin and History for whelmed
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).