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whelm

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verb \ˈhwelm, ˈwelm\

Definition of whelm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something :  cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect

  3. 2 :  to overcome in thought or feeling :  overwhelm <whelmed with a rush of joy — G. A. Wagner>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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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