- to engulf entirely with or as if with water
- another word for overwhelm
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
whelm (hwelm, welm),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to submerge;
- to overcome utterly;
overwhelm:whelmed by misfortune.
- to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged.
- Middle English whelme, apparently blend of, blended dialect, dialectal whelve (Old English gehwelfan to bend over) and helm2 (verb, verbal) (Old English helmian to cover) 1250–1300
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whelm /wɛlm/ vb (transitive) archaic
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