\ \ [OE] Originally, drench meant simply ‘cause to drink’. It comes ultimately from the prehistoric Germanic verb *drangkjan, which was a causative variant of *drengkan (source of English drink) – that is to say, it denoted ‘causing someone to do the action of the verb drink’. That particular sense now survives only as a technical usage in veterinary medicine, but already by the Middle English period it had moved on metaphorically to ‘drown’ (now obsolete, and succeeded by the related drown) and ‘soak thoroughly’.

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  • Drench — Drench, n. [AS. drenc. See {Drench}, v. t.] A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging. A drench of wine. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Give my roan horse a drench. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drench — n a poisonous or medicinal drink specif a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal drench vt to administer a drench to (an animal) * * * (drench) a draft of medicine given to an animal by pouring it into its… …   Medical dictionary

  • Drench — Drench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drenching}.] [AS. drencan to give to drink, to drench, the causal of drincan to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw. dr[ a]nka, G. tr[ a]nken. See {Drink}.] 1. To cause to drink; especially, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drench´er — drench «drehnch», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to wet thoroughly; soak: »A heavy rain drenched the campers and they had to dry out their wet clothing. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under wet. (Cf. ↑wet) 2. to cause to drink; co …   Useful english dictionary

  • drench — drench·er; drench·ing·ly; drench; …   English syllables

  • Drench — Drench, n. [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel. drengr.] (O. Eng. Law) A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book. [Obs.] Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drench — [drench] vt. [ME drenchen < OE drencan, to make drink, drown, caus. of drincan, to drink < Gmc * drank , pret. stem of * drinkan, DRINK + jan, caus. suffix] 1. to make (a horse, cow, etc.) swallow a medicinal liquid 2. to make wet all over; …   English World dictionary

  • drench — index imbue, immerse (plunge into), inundate, overload, permeate, pervade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • drench — [drentʃ] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: drencan; related to drink] to make something or someone extremely wet ▪ In the early morning they had got drenched in the grass. >drenching [ˈdrentʃıŋ] adj ▪ drenching rain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drench — [ drentʃ ] verb transitive to make someone or something very wet …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drench — (v.) c.1200, to submerge, drown, from O.E. drencan give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown, causative of drincan to drink (see DRINK (Cf. drink)), from P.Gmc. *drankijan (Cf. O.N. drekkja, Swed. dränka, Du.… …   Etymology dictionary

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