swamp (plural swamps)
- A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.
- A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures which have adapted specifically to that environment.
- (figurative) A place or situation that is foul or where progress is difficult.
- French: marécage, marais
- German: Sumpf, Moor
- Italian: palude
- Portuguese: pântano, paul
- Russian: боло́то
- Spanish: embalsadero, pantano, ciénaga, embalse
swamp (swamps, present participle swamping; past and past participle swamped)
- To drench or fill with water.
- The boat was swamped in the storm.
- To overwhelm; to make too busy, or overrun the capacity of.
- I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.
- 2006, New York Times ↗,
- Mr. Spitzer’s defeat of his Democratic opponent ... ended a primary season in which Hillary Rodham Clinton swamped an antiwar challenger for renomination to the Senate.
- (figurative) To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.
- J. R. Green
- The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers.
- W. Hamilton
- Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory […]
- J. R. Green