since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Get your 7 Secrets FREE
Phrasal Verbs

drown out

This page is about the phrasal verb drown out

Meaning

If a sound is drowned out, it can't be heard because of an ever louder sound.

For example

  • drown sth out The jets flew low overhead and the noise was so loud that it drowned everything else out.

  • be drowned out by sth I saw The Beatles play a concert in 1966, but the music was drowned out by the sound of girls screaming.

Quick Quiz

We were trying to talk in the pub, but our voices were drowned out by the sound of

a. beer being poured

b. glasses clinking

c. a band playing live

Phrasal verbs grammar

1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context ebook

Phrasal Verb of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey