verb (used with object), swung, swing·ing.
Origin of swing2
verb swings, swinging or swung
- a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
- (as modifier)swing music
- a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc
- (as modifier)able to bring about a swing in a voting patternswing party
- (as modifier)having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaignersa swing state
Word Origin for swing
Old English swingan "to rush, fling oneself," from Proto-Germanic *swenganan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German swingan, Old Frisian swinga, German schwingen "to swing, swingle, oscillate") denoting "violent circulatory motion." The meaning "move freely back and forth" is first recorded 1540s. Related: Swung; swinging. Swing shift first recorded 1941, typically 4 p.m. to midnight.
late 14c., "a stroke with a weapon," from swing (v.). Sense of "an apparatus that swings" is first recorded 1680s. Meaning "shift of public opinion" is from 1899. The meaning "variety of big dance-band music with a swinging rhythm" is first recorded 1933, though the sense has been traced back to 1888; its heyday was from mid-30s to mid-40s. Phrase in full swing "in total effect or operation" (1560s) probably is from bell-ringing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with swing
- swing into action
- get into the swing of things
- in full swing
- not enough room to swing a car