[swamp] n [perh. alter. of ME sompe, fr. MD somp morass; akin to MHG sumpf marsh, Gk somphos spongy] (1624) 1: a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water; esp: one dominated by woody vegetation
2: a tract of swamp
3: a difficult or troublesome situation or subject -- swamp adj
swamp vt (1784) 1 a: to fill with or as if with water: inundate, submerge b: to overwhelm numerically or by an excess of something: flood "~ed with work"
2: to open by removing underbrush and debris ~ vi: to become submerged