whelm

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/wɛlm/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hwelm, welm)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
whelm  (hwelm, welm),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to submerge;
    engulf.
  2. to overcome utterly;
    overwhelm:whelmed by misfortune.

v.i. 
  1. 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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
whelm /wɛlm/ vb (transitive) archaic
  1. to engulf entirely with or as if with water
  2. another word for overwhelm
Etymology: 13th Century: whelmen to turn over, of uncertain origin
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