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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swamp, swamplandnoun

    low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

  2. swampverb

    a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables

    "he was trapped in a medical swamp"

  3. swamp, drenchverb

    drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

    "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

  4. deluge, flood, inundate, swampverb

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

    "the basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"


  1. swampnoun

    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.

  2. swampnoun

    A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.

  3. swampverb

    To drench or fill with water.

    The boat was swamped in the storm.

  4. swampverb

    To overwhelm; to make too busy or overrun capacity.

    I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SWAMPnoun

    A marsh; a bog; a fen.

    Etymology: swamms, Gothick; swam , Saxon; suamm, Islandick; swamme, Dutch; suomp, Danish; swamp, Swedish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swampnoun

    wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore

  2. Swampverb

    to plunge or sink into a swamp

  3. Swampverb

    to cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water

  4. Swampverb

    fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck

  5. Swampverb

    to sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties

  6. Swampverb

    to become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked

  7. Etymology: [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D. zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. svppr, Dan. & Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.]


  1. Swamp

    A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers, where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. Some swamps have hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodical inundation. The two main types of swamp are "true" or swamp forests and "transitional" or shrub swamps. In the boreal regions of Canada, the word swamp is colloquially used for what is more correctly termed a bog or muskeg. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater. Some of the world's largest swamps are found along major rivers such as the Amazon, the Mississippi, and the Congo. Conservationists have worked hard to preserve swamps. For example, the swamps in Northwest Indiana have been preserved as part of the Indiana Dunes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swamp

    swomp, n. wet, spongy land: low ground filled with water.—v.t. to sink in, or as in a swamp: to overset, or cause to fill with water, as a boat.—adj. Swamp′y, consisting of swamp: wet and spongy. [Scand., Dan. and Sw. svamp, a sponge; from the root of swim.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. swamp

    A tract of land or bog on which, from its impermeable bottom, the collected fresh water remains stagnant.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swamp in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swamp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of swamp in a Sentence

  1. Chris McDaniel:

    I’m tired of the way things are being done in Washington. Donald Trump told us he wanted to drain the swamp, i’m going to go there to help him drain the swamp.

  2. Suhail Shaheen:

    Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Empires. Afghanistan is a swamp, the more you move, the more you bog down.

  3. Michael Moore:

    There's no bigger swamp in Washington than the Federal Reserve Board, it's filled with hundreds of economists who are worthless, who have the wrong model in their mind. They should all be, they should all be fired and they should be replaced by good economists.

  4. Former Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann:

    The question is, is it—should it be me? Should it be now? But there’s also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic.

  5. Joe Bellino:

    Twenty years, even 10 years ago, you couldn't win a county wide election as a Republican, we were hit hard by North American Free Trade Agreement and we felt left out. ... And President Trump, who wasn't from the swamp, President Trump offered a shiny beacon.

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