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adjective Chiefly British.
  1. enormous; thumping.
  2. Slang. swinging(def 3).
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Origin of swingeing

First recorded in 1560–70; swinge1 + -ing2
Related formsswinge·ing·ly, adverb


verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing. British Dialect.
  1. to thrash; punish.
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Origin of swinge1

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


verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.
  1. to singe.
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Origin of swinge2

First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples from the Web for swingeing

Historical Examples

  • For they live in a swingeing wine-press, fifty steps up to it.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.

    Francois Rabelais

  • O that I could see a swingeing mullet extended on a swingeing dish!

  • A swingeing St. Christopher, fording a brook with a child on his shoulders, cannot fail of attracting attention.

  • I 'd have 'coined my blood,' as the fellow says in the play, and written a swingeing check with red ink!

  • Nor were his thoughts in line with the swingeing sentences he had just been writing in the exercise-book.

    Angela's Business

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for swingeing


  1. mainly British punishing; severe
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verb swinges, swingeing, swinging or swinged
  1. (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
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Word Origin

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