Definition of


  1. (verb, emotion) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

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Alternate forms of Whelm

Hyponyms: benight, clutch, devastate, get hold of, kill, knock out, lock, seize, stagger

Hypernyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

Origin of the word Whelm

  1. c.1300, probably from a parallel form of O.E. -hwielfan (W.Saxon), -hwelfan (Mercian), in ahwelfan "cover over;" probably altered by association with O.E. helmian "to cover" (see helmet). more

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Words that sound like Whelm

wall in, walloon, whole name, wilhelm ii, william i, william ii, william iii, wilno, wlan, woolen, woollen

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