verb \ˈhwelm, ˈwelm\

Definition of WHELM

transitive verb
:  to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something :  cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect
:  to overcome in thought or feeling :  overwhelm <whelmed with a rush of joy — G. A. Wagner>
intransitive verb
:  to pass or go over something so as to bury or submerge it

Examples of WHELM

  1. <the news so whelmed them that they were stunned into silence>

Origin of WHELM

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with WHELM


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