swim

[ swim ]
/ swɪm /

verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.

verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.

noun

an act, instance, or period of swimming.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.

Idioms

    in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things: Despite her age, she is still in the swim.

Origin of swim

before 900; Middle English swimmen, Old English swimman; cognate with Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen, Old Norse svimma

Related forms

swim·ma·ble, adjectiveswim·mer, nounnon·swim·mer, nounout·swim, verb, out·swam, out·swum, out·swim·ming.
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British Dictionary definitions for swim

swim

/ (swɪm) /

verb swims, swimming, swam or swum


noun

Derived Forms

swimmable, adjectiveswimmer, nounswimming, noun, adjective

Word Origin for swim

Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle
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Idioms and Phrases with swim

swim

In addition to the idioms beginning with swim

  • swim against the current
  • swim with the tide

also see:

  • in the swim
  • sink or swim

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