[ swurv ]
/ swɜrv /

verb (used without object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.

verb (used with object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to cause to turn aside: Nothing could swerve him.


an act of swerving; turning aside.

Origin of swerve

1175–1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban, Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off

synonym study for swerve

1. See deviate.


un·swerved, adjectiveun·swerv·ing, adjectiveun·swerv·ing·ly, adverbun·swerv·ing·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for swerve

/ (swɜːv) /


to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
(tr) to avoid (a person or event)


the act, instance, or degree of swerving

Derived forms of swerve

swervable, adjectiveswerver, noun

Word Origin for swerve

Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file
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