sway

[ swey ]
/ sweɪ /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

Origin of sway

1300–50; (verb) Middle English sweyen < Old Norse sveigja “to bend, sway” (transitive); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the verb
Related forms

Synonym study

1. See swing1.
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British Dictionary definitions for sway

sway

/ (sweɪ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsswayable, adjectiveswayer, nounswayful, adjective

Word Origin for sway

C16: probably from Old Norse sveigja to bend; related to Dutch zwaaien, Low German swājen
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Word Origin and History for sway

sway


v.

c.1300, "to go, glide, move," probably from Old Norse sveigja "to bend, swing, give way," from Proto-Germanic *swaigijanan and related to swag (v.) and swing. The sense of "swing, wave, waver" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Swayed; swaying. The noun meaning "controlling influence" (to be under the sway of) is 1510s, from a transitive sense of the verb in Dutch and other languages. The verb in this sense is recorded in English from 1590s.

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Idioms and Phrases with sway

sway


see hold sway.

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