swingeing

[ swin-jing ]
/ ˈswɪn dʒɪŋ /

adjective Chiefly British.

enormous; thumping.

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Origin of swingeing

First recorded in 1560–70; swinge1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM swingeing

swinge·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for swingeing (2 of 3)

swinge1
[ swinj ]
/ swɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing. British Dialect.

to thrash; punish.

Origin of swinge

1
1250–1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow

OTHER WORDS FROM swinge

swing·er [swin-jer] /ˈswɪn dʒər/, noun

Definition for swingeing (3 of 3)

swinge2
[ swinj ]
/ swɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.

to singe.

Origin of swinge

2
First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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British Dictionary definitions for swingeing (1 of 2)

swingeing
/ (ˈswɪndʒɪŋ) /

adjective

mainly British punishing; severe

British Dictionary definitions for swingeing (2 of 2)

swinge
/ (swɪndʒ) /

verb swinges, swingeing, swinging or swinged

(tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish

Word Origin for swinge

Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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