Whelm

No doubt we are all aware of the verb overwhelm (and its back-formation and antonym, underwhelm). But as Bianca Stratford so rightly pointed out (in “10 Things I Hate About You“), there is no such word as whelm.

Until now.

Whelm

–verb (used with object)

  1. to fail to affect
  2. to fight to a draw
  3. to give a sufficiency, no more and no less