[ swept ]
/ swɛpt /


simple past tense and past participle of sweep1.


(of a sword guard) made up of curved bars.

Nearby words

  1. swelter,
  2. sweltering,
  3. swelteringly,
  4. sweltry,
  5. swenson,
  6. swept volume,
  7. sweptback,
  8. sweptwing,
  9. swerve,
  10. sweven

Related formsun·swept, adjective


[ sweep ]
/ swip /

verb (used with object), swept, sweep·ing.

verb (used without object), swept, sweep·ing.


Origin of sweep

1250–1300; Middle English swepen (v.); compare Old English geswēpa sweepings, derivative of swāpan to sweep (> obsolete English swope); cognate with German schweifen

Related formssweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for swept


/ (swɛpt) /


the past tense of sweep


/ (swiːp) /

verb sweeps, sweeping or swept


Derived Formssweepy, adjective

Word Origin for sweep

C13 swepen; related to Old English swāpan, Old Norse sveipa; see swipe, swoop

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Word Origin and History for swept
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Idioms and Phrases with swept


In addition to the idioms beginning with sweep

  • sweep off someone's feet
  • sweep under the rug

also see:

  • make a clean sweep
  • new broom sweeps clean
  • (sweep) off someone's feet
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