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swinger

[swing-er] /ˈswɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that swings.
2.
Slang. a lively, active, and modern person whose activities are fashionable or trendy.
3.
Slang.
  1. a person who indulges in promiscuous sex.
  2. a person who engages in the exchanging of spouses for sexual activities.
Origin of swinger
1535-1545
1535-45 for def 1; 1955-60 for def 2; swing1 + -er1

swinge1

[swinj] /swɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), swinged, swingeing. British Dialect.
1.
to thrash; punish.
Origin
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
Related forms
swinger
[swin-jer] /ˈswɪn dʒər/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • And with him went the monks and the musicians, and the candle-bearers, and the swingers of censers, and a great company.

British Dictionary definitions for swingers

swinge

/swɪndʒ/
verb swinges, swingeing, swinging, swinged
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to beat, flog, or punish
Word Origin
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing

swinger

/ˈswɪŋə/
noun
1.
a person regarded as being modern and lively
2.
a person who swaps sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
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Word Origin and History for swingers

swinger

n.

"person who is lively in an unrestrained way," 1965, agent noun from swing (v.). With various other slang senses traceable to 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for swingers

swinger

noun

A person who ''swings,'' esp in the mode of sexual promiscuity: Kissinger, who enjoyed a reputation as a swinger, was asked to explain his oft-quoted remark/ Many swingers even pride themselves on preserving their marriages through these arrangements (1961+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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