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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English drenchen, from Old English drenċan, from Proto-Germanic *drankijaną (compare Dutch drenken ‘to get a drink’, German tränken ‘to water, give a drink’), causative of *drinkaną ‎(to drink). More at drink.



drench ‎(plural drenches)

  1. A draught administered to an animal.
  2. (obsolete) A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging.
    • Dryden
      A drench of wine.
    • Shakespeare
      Give my roan horse a drench.


drench ‎(third-person singular simple present drenches, present participle drenching, simple past and past participle drenched)

  1. To soak, to make very wet.
    • Dryden
      Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain; / Their moisture has already drenched the plain.
  2. To cause to drink; especially, to dose (e.g. a horse) with medicine by force.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Anglo-Saxon dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icelandic drengr.


drench ‎(plural drenches)

  1. (obsolete, Britain) A military vassal, mentioned in the Domesday Book.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)