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swamp

noun \ ˈswämp , ˈswȯmp \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. Alligators live in the lowland swamps.

  2. be careful in the swamp, because alligators sometimes lurk there

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Origin and Etymology of swamp

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

swamp Synonyms

Synonyms
bog, fen, marsh, marshland, mire, moor, morass, muskeg, slough (also slew or slue), swampland, wash, wetland
Related Words
swale; quagmire; guck (or gook), muck, mud, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush

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swamp

verb

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 in a Sentence

  1. The sea level rose and swamped the coastal villages.

  2. The boat sank after it was swamped by waves.

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First Known Use of swamp

1784

swamp Synonyms


SWAMP Defined for English Language Learners

swamp

noun

Definition of swamp for English Language Learners

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


swamp

verb

Definition of swamp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SWAMP Defined for Kids

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swamp

noun \ ˈswämp \

Definition of swamp for Students

:wet spongy land often partly covered with water

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swamp

verb

Definition of swamp for Students

swamped; swamping
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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