verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Related Words for swimbathe, glide, dive, float, paddle, submerge, wade, crawl, move, slip, practice, stroke, race, freestyle, skinny-dip, dog-paddle
Examples from the Web for swim
Contemporary Examples of swim
Her downfall came about, because for a second she forgot that to swim in the shark pool, you have to always act like a shark.‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won
October 26, 2014
My father used to swim in these fountains, to cool off from the heat and to make my mother laugh.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
(She addresses me in various terms of endearment, as one would an old friend, and invites me to swim in her pool after lunch).Gail Sheehy Books Passage to the Past
September 3, 2014
One year ago, Diana Nyad completed her 35-year quest to do the impossible: a 53-hour swim from Cuba to Florida.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
"She says she cannot swim, and the girl cannot swim," Hassan says.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of swim
Allen was mounted on the major's charger, and was ordered to swim the river.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He was not fair to Vavasor; he never asked if he could swim.
But indeed Vavasor could swim, well enough, only he did not see the necessity for it.
In his hurry, Campbell missed his footing, and fell overboard:—he could not swim.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
I could not swim a stroke; and I sang out, lustily, for help.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
verb swims, swimming, swam or swum
Word Origin for swim
Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).
In addition to the idioms beginning with swim
- swim against the current
- swim with the tide
- in the swim
- sink or swim