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1swamp

noun \ˈswämp, ˈswmp\

: land that is always wet and often partly covered with water

Full Definition of SWAMP

1
:  a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water; especially :  one dominated by woody vegetation
2
:  a tract of swamp
3
:  a difficult or troublesome situation or subject
swamp adjective

Examples of SWAMP

  1. Alligators live in the lowland swamps.
  2. <be careful in the swamp, because alligators sometimes lurk there>

Origin of SWAMP

perhaps alteration of Middle English sompe, from Middle Dutch somp morass; akin to Middle High German sumpf marsh, Greek somphos spongy
First Known Use: 1624

Related to SWAMP

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Rhymes with SWAMP

2swamp

verb

: to cover (something) with water

: to cause (someone or something) to have to deal with a very large amount of things or people at the same time

Full Definition of SWAMP

transitive verb
1
a :  to fill with or as if with water :  inundate, submerge
b :  to overwhelm numerically or by an excess of something :  flood <swamped with work>
2
:  to open by removing underbrush and debris
intransitive verb
:  to become submerged

Examples of SWAMP

  1. The sea level rose and swamped the coastal villages.
  2. The boat sank after it was swamped by waves.

First Known Use of SWAMP

1784
SWAMPED Defined for Kids

1swamp

noun \ˈswämp\

Definition of SWAMP for Kids

:  wet spongy land often partly covered with water

2swamp

verb
swampedswamp·ing

Definition of SWAMP for Kids

1
:  to fill or cause to fill with water :  sink after filling with water <High waves swamped the boat.> <The boat swamped.>
2
:  overwhelm 1 <She was swamped with work.>

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