swarm

1
[ swawrm ]
/ swɔrm /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to swarm about, over, or in; throng; overrun.
to produce a swarm of.

Origin of swarm

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English swearm; cognate with German Schwarm swarm, Old Norse svarmr tumult; (v.) Middle English swarmen, derivative of the noun

Related forms

swarm·er, noun

Synonym study

3. See crowd1.

Definition for swarm (2 of 2)

swarm

2
[ swawrm ]
/ swɔrm /

verb (used with or without object)

to climb by clasping with the legs and hands or arms and drawing oneself up; shin.

Origin of swarm

2
First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for swarm (1 of 2)

swarm

1
/ (swɔːm) /

noun

a group of social insects, esp bees led by a queen, that has left the parent hive in order to start a new colony
a large mass of small animals, esp insects
a throng or mass, esp when moving or in turmoil

verb

Word Origin for swarm

Old English swearm; related to Old Norse svarmr uproar, Old High German swaram swarm

British Dictionary definitions for swarm (2 of 2)

swarm

2
/ (swɔːm) /

verb

(when intr, usually foll by up) to climb (a ladder, etc) by gripping with the hands and feetthe boys swarmed up the rigging

Word Origin for swarm

C16: of unknown origin
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