A swamp is an area that floods every year because the land is low. Watch out for alligators if you visit Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, the largest swamp in the United States.

Anyone who has spent time in a busy restaurant kitchen has heard harried chefs cry, "I'm in the weeds!" Such people are in a different kind of swamp — the challenging environment in which too many things need to be done in too short a time. Another way of saying this is, "I'm swamped." Here swamp is a verb that describes being stuck in a seemingly endless situation — you feel like you're stuck in the squishy mud of a real swamp.

Definitions of swamp

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

a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife
Okefenokee Swamp
a large swampy area of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia
a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)
Type of:
a low area where the land is saturated with water

n a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables

“he was trapped in a medical swamp
Type of:
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

v drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

“The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor”
Type of:
cover with liquid, usually water

v fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid

deluge, flood, inundate
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

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