/ swɒmp; NAmE swɑːmp/ noun , verb
[ C , U ] an area of ground that is very wet or covered with water and in which plants, trees, etc. are growing
SYN marsh :
► swampy adjective :
■ verb [ vn ] [ often passive ]
~ sb/sth (with sth) to make sb have more of sth than they can deal with
SYN inundate :
The department was swamped with job applications.
In summer visitors swamp the island.
to fill or cover sth with a lot of water
SYN engulf :
The little boat was swamped by the waves.
early 17th cent.: probably ultimately from a Germanic base meaning sponge or fungus.