verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Examples from the Web for swimmer
Contemporary Examples of swimmer
Ryan Lochte Dabbles in Fashion Design: The swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist's fashion design career is gaining steam.Kristen Stewart Named Face of Chanel; Ryan Lochte Dabbles in Fashion Design
The Fashion Beast Team
December 11, 2013
You may not be able to sleep with Ryan Lochte, the Olympic swimmer and ubiquitous grinning presence at New York Fashion Week.Building Brand Lochte
September 11, 2012
South African swimmer and gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh thinks it is.7 Unsolved Olympic Mysteries: Pot Brownie, Bottle Thrower & More
August 13, 2012
Also present was swim-fan Prince Albert of Monaco, but he was without his wife, Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.Kate Lets Hair Down At Synchro
August 9, 2012
The Olympic swimmer has reportedly received more than one offer to design a fashion line.Ryan Lochte: Fashion Designer? Olympian Has Offers To Design Line
August 8, 2012
Historical Examples of swimmer
But they saw that the sea was for the swimmer, and the sand for the feet of the runner.De Profundis
Do you fancy, child, that the swimmer will always go about with the corks that have saved his life?'Lord Kilgobbin
It's not so easy for a swimmer like me to commit suicide by drowning.The Secret Sharer
Suddenly they are called upon to care for the work of the swimmer.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
He was the best runner and swimmer in the parish, and the idol of the village lads.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
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