noun \ˈswämp, ˈswmp\

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

Full Definition of SWAMP

:  a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water; especially :  one dominated by woody vegetation
:  a tract of swamp
:  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

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with SWAMP



: 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
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>
:  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



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