\ ˈswäm-pē How to pronounce swampy (audio) , ˈswȯm- \
swampier; swampiest

Definition of swampy

: consisting of, suggestive of, or resembling swamp : marshy

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Other Words from swampy

swampiness noun

Examples of swampy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue-green algae, which are actually bacteria, make the water look like split pea soup and can create a swampy odor and a telltale green scum along the shoreline. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Late-blooming problem as Minneapolis issues warning about algae toxins in lakes," 26 Nov. 2020 My core stayed warm without letting my armpits get swampy, which is a feat indeed. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Hunting Gift Guide for Women," 18 Nov. 2020 Tropical peatlands are swampy forests that are found in regions around the Equator whose peat is composed mostly of dead tree matter, rather than moss as in other latitudes. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "Conserving tropical peatlands could be key to preventing the next pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020 Latrobe had never been to New Orleans at this point, and thus had an apparent lack of familiarity with the city’s swampy, silty soil. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Thomas Jefferson's grand plan for a Gulf Coast lighthouse survived after an initial dark period," 17 Nov. 2020 To get around, the residents navigate a maze of wooden walkways to stay above the swampy ground, passing garden plots and cow pastures. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "She Used to Clean City Hall. Now, She Runs It.," 24 Oct. 2020 The swampy patch on the edge of Lake Michigan had developed into a town of around 30,000 people by 1850. Richard Babcock, WSJ, "‘Chicago’s Great Fire’ Review: Rising From the Ashes," 16 Oct. 2020 Heracles approached its swampy lair and killed the implacable menace by cutting off head after head and then cauterizing the stump so a new head wouldn’t grow. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Covid Hydra Bites a Baltimore Museum," 30 Oct. 2020 This region is one of the most difficult to build on because much land is privately owned and is located on a swampy area near the Rio Grande. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Trump officials tout nearly 400 miles of finished border wall ahead of election," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of swampy

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swampy was in 1649

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2 Dec 2020

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“Swampy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swampy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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\ ˈswäm-pē How to pronounce swampy (audio) \
swampier; swampiest

Kids Definition of swampy

: consisting of or like a swamp swampy land a swampy pond

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