- swimmer's ear,
- swimmer's itch,
- swimming bath,
- swimming costume,
- swimming crab,
- swimming hole,
- swimming pool
Origin of swimming
verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Examples from the Web for swimming
Marvin takes off his T-shirt and dives into his swimming pool.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Obviously, Dominic West can carry on swimming as much as he likes.
His swimming led him back to meet the woman he had gently smiled at in the first episode.
One of the three, Ralph Goodwin, is said to have drowned while swimming at a beach outside Havana.
Each room has its own swimming pool and sliding walls made of glass.
And just as I'd lamed myself in a lot of new places there would come the swimming lesson.Torchy and Vee|Sewell Ford
The turtle that had taken the pin hook was swimming about with the string dragging after it.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home|Laura Lee Hope
At other times it was, "Peter, he is swimming across the river!"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
You talk of a desert island, and swimming, and seaweed, Greg!The Heart of Rachael|Kathleen Norris
The early colonists brought with them a limited knowledge of swimming, but they did not have the leisure to cultivate this skill.Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States|Claudia B. Kidwell
verb swims, swimming, swam or swum
Word Origin for swim
verbal noun from swim (v.). Swimming hole is from 1867; swimming pool is from 1881.
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