swallow

1
[ swol-oh ]
/ ˈswɒl oʊ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to perform the act of swallowing.

noun

Origin of swallow

1
before 1000; (v.) Middle English swalwen, variant of swelwen, Old English swelgan; cognate with German schwelgen; akin to Old Norse svelgja; (noun) Middle English swalwe, swolgh throat, abyss, whirlpool, Old English geswelgh (see y-); akin to Middle Low German swelch, Old High German swelgo glutton, Old Norse svelgr whirlpool, devourer

Related forms

swal·low·a·ble, adjectiveswal·low·er, nounun·swal·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·swal·lowed, adjective

Definition for swallow (2 of 2)

swallow

2
[ swol-oh ]
/ ˈswɒl oʊ /

noun

any of numerous small, long-winged passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, noted for their swift, graceful flight and for the extent and regularity of their migrations.Compare bank swallow, barn swallow, martin.
any of several unrelated, swallowlike birds, as the chimney swift.

Origin of swallow

2
before 900; Middle English swalwe, Old English swealwe; cognate with German Schwalbe, Old Norse svala
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British Dictionary definitions for swallow (1 of 2)

swallow

1
/ (ˈswɒləʊ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Forms

swallowable, adjectiveswallower, noun

Word Origin for swallow

Old English swelgan; related to Old Norse svelga, Old High German swelgan to swallow, Swedish svalg gullet

British Dictionary definitions for swallow (2 of 2)

swallow

2
/ (ˈswɒləʊ) /

noun

any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica (common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flightRelated adjective: hirundine

Derived Forms

swallow-like, adjective

Word Origin for swallow

Old English swealwe; related to Old Frisian swale, Old Norse svala, Old High German swalwa
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Medicine definitions for swallow

swallow

[ swŏlō ]

v.

To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
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Idioms and Phrases with swallow

swallow


In addition to the idioms beginning with swallow

  • swallow one's pride
  • swallow one's words

also see:

  • bitter pill to swallow
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