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Definition of "swamp" []

  • A seasonally flooded bottomland with more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog. (noun)
  • A lowland region saturated with water. (noun)
  • A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables: a financial swamp. (noun)
  • To drench in or cover with or as if with water. (verb-transitive)
  • To inundate or burden; overwhelm: She was swamped with work. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swamp" in a sentence
  • "It was legendary producer Jerry Wexler who coined the phrase "swamp" to describe the music coming out of studios in Macon, Ga., and Muscle Shoals, Ala."
  • "Boreal forrest on flat land or a Florida swamp is a bad place to be if you don't know how to find your way around in the woods."
  • "But volunteer Ed Mendel believes they were not able to go where he can on what he calls swamp thing, a vehicle designed for hunting pigs and deer in the Everglades and modified for rescue work."