AskDefine | Define whelm

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whelm \Whelm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whelmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Whelming.] [OE. whelmen to turn over, akin to OE. whelven, AS. whelfan, hwylfan, in ?whylfan, ?whelfan, to overwhelm, cover over; akin to OS. bihwelbian, D. welven to arch, G. w["o]lben, OHG. welben, Icel. hvelfa to overturn; cf. Gr. ? bosom, a hollow, a gulf.] [1913 Webster]
To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf. [1913 Webster] She is my prize, or ocean whelm them all! --Shak. [1913 Webster] The whelming billow and the faithless oar. --Gay. [1913 Webster]
Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. "The whelming weight of crime." --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]
To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. [Obs.] --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whelm v : overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn: overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, overcome, overtake]

Moby Thesaurus

baptize, be prodigal with, blank, bulldoze, bury, cascade, cataract, clobber, cream, defeat utterly, deluge, dip, douse, drown, duck, dunk, engulf, float, flood, flood the market, flow on, immerge, immerse, inundate, knock over, merge, overbear, overbrim, overcome, overdose, overequip, overflow, overfurnish, overlavish, overpower, overprovender, overprovide, overprovision, overrun, oversell, overstock, oversupply, overwhelm, paste, plunge in water, pour on, pour out, pour over, prostrate, rain, run over, schmear, shellac, shut out, sink, skunk, slop, slosh, sluice, smear, snow under, souse, spill, spill out, spill over, steamroller, submerge, submerse, swamp, sweep, whitewash, whomp, whop




  1. To cover with water; submerge.

Derived terms

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1