• (GA) IPA: /ˌoʊvɚˈ(h)wɛlmɪŋ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ/
  1. present participle of overwhelm#English|overwhelm


  1. Overpowering, staggering, or irresistibly strong.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 1, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      The vote was taken at once, and it was agreed by an overwhelming majority that rats were comrades.
  2. Very great or intense.
  3. Extreme.
Antonyms Translations Noun

overwhelming (plural overwhelmings)

  1. A situation of being overwhelmed.
    • 2013, David Ford, Theology: A Very Short Introduction (page 9)
      They have centuries of premodern experience in coping with being overwhelmed in multiple ways—not only by God, but also by other overwhelmings that have always been part of the human condition, such as disease, famine, war […]

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