[ swang ]
/ swæŋ /

verb Chiefly Scot. and North England.

simple past tense of swing1.



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Origin of swing

before 900; Middle English swingen (verb), Old English swingan; cognate with German schwingen


synonym study for swing

10. Swing, sway, oscillate, rock suggest a movement back and forth. Swing expresses the comparatively regular motion to and fro of a body supported from the end or ends, especially from above: A lamp swings from the ceiling. To sway is to swing gently and is used especially of fixed objects or of persons: Young oaks sway in the breeze. Oscillate refers to the smooth, regular, alternating movement of a body within certain limits between two fixed points. Rock indicates the slow and regular movement back and forth of a body, as on curved supports: A cradle rocks.


swing·a·ble, adjective

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[ swing ]
/ swɪŋ /


Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.


of, relating to, or characteristic of swing: a swing record.

verb (used with object), swung, swing·ing.

to play (music) in the style of swing.

Origin of swing

special use of swing1
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What else does swang mean?

Swang is a slang term for showily steering a car side to side while driving. It can also be slang for chilling out and feeling good.

Where does swang come from?

While most commonly used as a past tense for the verb swing, swang has an entire other life in the world of slang. Recorded in Black slang by the 2000s, swang is when someone drives a (usually tricked-out) car slowly and widely, as if swinging the car from one side of a lane or road to the other. The use of the past tense (or sound of certain past tense forms) is apparently modeled on other such forms in Black slang, including drank (“cough syrup drunk recreationally”) and stank (“smell of sex”).

The hit 2005 song by rapper Chamillionaire “Ridin” helped get swang onto the airwaves and into popular culture. Swang is heard in its chorus: “Tryna catch me ridin’ dirty / My music’s so loud, I’m swangin’ / They hopin’ that they gonna catch me ridin’ dirty.” The song was at the top of the charts in over five countries.

Swang was revitalized when rap duo Rae Sremmurd released their 2016 song “Swang.” They gave the meaning of swang a twist: “chilled out,” not unlike when a car is swangin’ down the road. The hook goes: “Know some young n*iggas like to swang / Big bank take a little bank / Everyday spillin’ up drank.”

How is swang used in real life?

Houston, Texas especially favors the swang, where slabs (custom cars) feature swangas (spoke rims).

Car aficionados may tag pictures of their cars with #swang or #swangin to prove that they’re driving a souped up ride.

More examples of swang:

“I’m from Houston where we swang and not swerve 🤘🏼”
—@97raxx, November 2018

“Candy paint and elbows: Swangin’ through Houston’s slab scene”
—Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN (headline), November 2016


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British Dictionary definitions for swang

/ (swɪŋ) /

verb swings, swinging or swung


Word Origin for swing

Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Cultural definitions for swang


A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.

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Idioms and Phrases with swang


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