verb (used without object), swerved, swerv·ing.
verb (used with object), swerved, swerv·ing.
Origin of swerve
Examples from the Web for swerve
Motorcycles roar and swerve around women who balance soaring bundles confidently on their heads.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They kept the Portuguese in check, matching them tackle for tackle, swerve for swerve.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory|Tunku Varadarajan|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This kind of swerve has been ventured before and it led to an electoral dead end.
The Swerve won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
It moved past them at a walking pace, with an odd, irregular bob and swerve like a spinning top.
They were convinced of the cashier's honesty and no theories founded on purely physical attributes could swerve them.On Secret Service|William Nelson Taft
He was almost ready to swerve toward the third planet and its moon, but first he had a speech to make.Tulan|Carroll Mather Capps
Something, however, caused Captain Fisher to swerve across my line of pursuit.Buckskin Mose|Buckskin Mose
If he seems inclined to swerve or hesitate, the whip, applied just when he should rise, will often prevent his stopping.How Women Should Ride|C. De Hurst
So near was she to the bridge that she had to swerve her horse quickly to avoid being struck by a fragment of the falling wood.The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays|Laura Lee Hope
Word Origin for swerve
early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from Old English sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from Proto-Germanic *swerbanan (cf Old Norse sverfa "to scour, file," Old Saxon swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE root *swerbh-. Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian swerva "to creep," Middle Dutch swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in Old English, though unrecorded. Related: Swerved; swerving.
1741, from swerve (v.).