swim

[ swim ]
/ swɪm /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. swiftie,
  2. swiftlet,
  3. swig,
  4. swiler,
  5. swill,
  6. swim against the current,
  7. swim bladder,
  8. swim fin,
  9. swim mask,
  10. swim with the tide

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 formsswim·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 swimmers

swimmers

/ (swɪməz) /

pl n

Australian a swimming costume

swim

/ (swɪm) /

verb swims, swimming, swam or swum

noun

Derived Formsswimmable, 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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Word Origin and History for swimmers
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Idioms and Phrases with swimmers

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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