Whelmed

@nannacroc (4049)
February 20, 2007 5:46pm CST
Is there such a word as whelmed, I know people can be overwhelmed and if your being sarcastic you say you're underwhelmed but is whelmed a word and if it is, what does it mean?
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@pumpkinjam (5386)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 07
Yes there is. The literal meaning of "whelm" is to cover with water or submerge, so if you are "whelmed" then you are submerged. I suppose "overwhelmed" would litereally mean that you are drowning.
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@nannacroc (4049)
20 Feb 07
Thank you, yet another piece of useless information to clog my brain but it is something I've often wondered.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I get whelmed every time I walk into a room chalontly. Tom
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@nannacroc (4049)
21 Feb 07
See, there's another one, is cholantly a word?
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@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
thanks for your post, i looked the word up in the dictionary, and webster defines "WHELM" as to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something : cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect, and to overcome in thought or feeling, as in overwhelm. source: http://www.webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?sourceid=Mozilla-search&va=whelmed
@nannacroc (4049)
16 Mar 07
thank you for your response. I don't have a lot of time for Websters dictionary I prefer the Oxford English dictionary for my definitions. This sounds cloe though.
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