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whelm

[ welm, hwelm ]
/ wɛlm, ʰwɛlm /
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verb (used with object)
to submerge; engulf.
to overcome utterly; overwhelm: whelmed by misfortune.
verb (used without object)
to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged.
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Origin of whelm

1250–1300; Middle English whelme, apparently blend of dial. whelve (Old English gehwelfan to bend over) and helm2 (v.) (Old English helmian to cover)
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British Dictionary definitions for whelm

whelm
/ (wɛlm) /

verb (tr) archaic
to engulf entirely with or as if with water
another word for overwhelm

Word Origin for whelm

C13: whelmen to turn over, of uncertain origin
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