- a person or thing that swings.
- Slang. a lively, active, and modern person whose activities are fashionable or trendy.
- a person who indulges in promiscuous sex.
- a person who engages in the exchanging of spouses for sexual activities.
Origin of swinger
- to thrash; punish.
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
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Examples from the Web for swingers
Those two words from the movie Swingers have come to represent American impulsiveness in all its glory.Meghan McCain: Let John McCain Go to Las Vegas
March 15, 2011
And with him went the monks and the musicians, and the candle-bearers, and the swingers of censers, and a great company.A House of Pomegranates
- (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
- a person regarded as being modern and lively
- a person who swaps sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
Word Origin and History for swingers
"person who is lively in an unrestrained way," 1965, agent noun from swing (v.). With various other slang senses traceable to 1590s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper