filled, as by objects, organisms, etc., especially in motion; teeming (usually used predicatively): The garden was aswarm with bees; a night sky aswarm with stars.

Nearby words

  1. asura,
  2. asw,
  3. aswan,
  4. aswan dam,
  5. aswan high dam,
  6. aswirl,
  7. aswoon,
  8. asylee,
  9. asyllabic,
  10. asylum

Origin of aswarm

First recorded in 1880–85; a-1 + swarm1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aswarm

  • A shaft of golden light, aswarm with motes, slanted in the quietness.

  • It was noon, and as they emerged from the dark hallway which led into the main street to the north, the sidewalks were aswarm.

British Dictionary definitions for aswarm



(postpositive) filled, esp with moving things; swarmingflower beds aswarm with bees
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