- enormous; thumping.
- Slang. swinging(def 3).
Origin of swingeing
- to thrash; punish.
Origin of swinge1
1250–1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
- to singe.
Origin of swinge2
First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples from the Web for swingeing
For they live in a swingeing wine-press, fifty steps up to it.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
O that I could see a swingeing mullet extended on a swingeing dish!The Works of Horace
A swingeing St. Christopher, fording a brook with a child on his shoulders, cannot fail of attracting attention.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal
I 'd have 'coined my blood,' as the fellow says in the play, and written a swingeing check with red ink!The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Nor were his thoughts in line with the swingeing sentences he had just been writing in the exercise-book.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
- mainly British punishing; severe
- (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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