[ brest-strohk, bres- ]
/ ˈbrɛstˌstroʊk, ˈbrɛs- /


Swimming. a stroke made in the prone position, in which both hands move simultaneously forward, outward, and rearward from in front of the chest while the legs move in a frog kick.

verb (used without object), breast·stroked, breast·strok·ing.

to swim using the breaststroke.

Origin of breaststroke

First recorded in 1865–70; breast + stroke1

OTHER WORDS FROM breaststroke

breast·strok·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for breaststroke

  • A deft cut on the shoulder paralysed the Tartar's sword arm, and a breaststroke brought him to his knees.

British Dictionary definitions for breaststroke

/ (ˈbrɛstˌstrəʊk) /


a swimming stroke in which the arms are extended in front of the head and swept back on either side while the legs are drawn up beneath the body and thrust back together
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