noun \ˈdrench\

Definition of DRENCH

:  a poisonous or medicinal drink; specifically :  a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal
a :  something that drenches
b :  a quantity sufficient to drench or saturate

First Known Use of DRENCH

before 12th century



: to make (someone or something) completely wet

Full Definition of DRENCH

transitive verb
a archaic :  to force to drink
b :  to administer a drench to (an animal)
:  to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid)
:  to soak or cover thoroughly with liquid that falls or is precipitated
:  to fill or cover completely as if by soaking or precipitation <was drenched in furs and diamonds — Richard Brautigan>
drench·er noun

Examples of DRENCH

  1. <we were drenched by the sudden rainstorm>
  2. <when using the carpet shampooer, wet but do not drench the carpet>

Origin of DRENCH

Middle English, from Old English drencan; akin to Old English drincan to drink
First Known Use: before 12th century


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