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.

Nearby words

  1. swaption,
  2. swaraj,
  3. sward,
  4. sware,
  5. swarf,
  6. swarm cell,
  7. swarm intelligence,
  8. swart,
  9. swarth,
  10. swarthout

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 formsswarm·er, noun

Synonym study

3. See crowd1.

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

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

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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