verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Examples from the Web for swimmers
Contemporary Examples of swimmers
He provided a description of himself—blond, blue-eyed, healthy—and even offered up his swimmers at no cost.The Sperm Donor Trap: Should Your DNA Follow You for Life?
January 10, 2013
Swimmers now enjoy its 12,000-square-meter aquatic theme park.Architectural White Elephants: Beijing, London, and the Post-Olympics Curse
August 14, 2012
She lived in a dormitory, joining some 80 other swimmers; their practice sessions ran an exhausting five-and-a-half hours a day.China’s Olympic Soul-Searching: What the Games Have Taught the Country
Melinda Liu, Paul Mooney
August 12, 2012
“I have seen it for years with the gay community being fans of swimmers, wrestlers, etc.,” said Onorato, who is gay.The Olympics or Soft Porn? Female, Gay Fans Gawking at Male Athletes
August 3, 2012
The top 16 swimmers from the heats progress to the semifinals, and the top eight then advance to the final.Austrian Markus Rogan: Olympic Swimming’s Dark Horse
July 29, 2012
Historical Examples of swimmers
In the sea, just below him, several heads of swimmers moved.A Spirit in Prison
Small parcels were carried over on the heads of the swimmers.Byeways in Palestine
Men and horses dived into the gale as swimmers dive into a breaker.
The swimmers had not been in the water more than five minutes when the cry of "Crocodiles!"Four Young Explorers
The swimmers no longer directed themselves in a particular course.The Ocean Waifs
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