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[swurv] /swɜrv/
verb (used without object), swerved, swerving.
to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.
verb (used with object), swerved, swerving.
to cause to turn aside:
Nothing could swerve him.
an act of swerving; turning aside.
Origin of swerve
1175-1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban, Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off
Related forms
unswerved, adjective
unswerving, adjective
unswervingly, adverb
unswervingness, noun
Synonym Study
1. See deviate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unswervingly
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  • So when he swung round they followed him as unswervingly as they would have followed Kid.

    Baldy of Nome Esther Birdsall Darling
  • How such a creation of the devil's can love you so unswervingly is more than I can fathom.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • You are not exactly unfaithful servants; you are too blindly, unswervingly faithful.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • Naturally she was unswervingly convinced of the reality of her visions.

  • It showed an amazing tenacity, and the common people of Russia sustained it unswervingly under conditions of extreme hardship.

  • Cumshaw's eyes were frank and clear, and met his unswervingly.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
  • Hun 4-inch guns promptly opened fire upon her, but unswervingly the submarine held on.

  • I intend to protect the principle of autocracy as firmly and unswervingly as did my late and never-to-be-forgotten father.

  • Keep about six yards behind your leader; follow him unswervingly, and jump after him, but not on him.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
  • In her right mind, Zelda was unswervingly practical and she would have had some noteworthy comments to make.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for unswervingly


to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
(transitive) to avoid (a person or event)
the act, instance, or degree of swerving
Derived Forms
swervable, adjective
swerver, noun
Word Origin
Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file
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Word Origin and History for unswervingly



early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from Old English sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from Proto-Germanic *swerbanan (cf Old Norse sverfa "to scour, file," Old Saxon swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE root *swerbh-. Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian swerva "to creep," Middle Dutch swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in Old English, though unrecorded. Related: Swerved; swerving.


1741, from swerve (v.).



1741, from swerve (v.).

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