Origin of swimming
verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Related Words for swimmingfloating, natation, aquatics, vertigo, giddiness, dizziness, bathing, natant, natatorial, natatory
Examples from the Web for swimming
Contemporary Examples of swimming
Marvin takes off his T-shirt and dives into his swimming pool.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
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.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Each room has its own swimming pool and sliding walls made of glass.The Addictive Curse of ‘Let’s Plays’
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of swimming
Thoughts of crossing the stream by swimming occurred to him.Brave and Bold
Now the full moon had risen, and the world was swimming in silver light.Buried Cities, Part 2
The walls are painted with trees and birds and swimming fish and statues.
And the bathers plunge into the swimming tank with loud splashes.
There was a golden drinking cup with swimming fish on its sides.
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