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[ swing-ing ]


, superlative swing·ing·est.
  1. characterized by or capable of swinging, being swung, or causing to swing.
  2. intended for swinging upon, by, from, or in:

    the swinging devices in a playground.

  3. Slang. excellent; first-rate.
  4. Slang. lively, active, and modern; hip.
  5. Slang.
    1. free and uninhibited sexually:

      a swinging bachelor.

    2. exchanging spouses for sex:

      swinging married couples.


  1. the activity or act of a person who swings.
  2. Slang.
    1. the act or practice of being free and uninhibited sexually.
    2. the exchanging of spouses for sex.


/ ˈswɪŋɪŋ /


  1. moving rhythmically to and fro
  2. slang.
    modern and lively


  1. slang.
    the practice of swapping sexual partners in a group, esp habitually

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Derived Forms

  • ˈswingingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • swinging·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of swinging1

First recorded in 1550–60; swing 1 + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

These motion-sensor alarms are suitable for both inward- and outward-swinging doors.

If burnout was built into the job, he wanted at the very least “to go down swinging.”

In New York, the MTA cut service on two lines by 20% last spring, but the agency has avoided the swinging 40% to 50% service cuts it warned of in late 2020, thanks to federal relief funds.

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If a third cable were to break, it could send the platform holding up the dome swinging, or the whole structure could collapse.

The unit offers two wide swinging doors allowing for easy access to wider items.

Is it any wonder that control of Congress is swinging back and forth like a tetherball?

This was, after all, the Swinging Sixties in London and the country had moved on.

Monday morning, Alison Lundergan Grimes came out swinging with an attack that Mitch McConnell opened himself up to last week.

Swinging high in the air, squeezing into a nook, or rolling down a hill might provide these sorts of sensory input.

Killing Kittens became a very acceptable, high-end, society party which had swinging at it.

Pulling the horse on his haunches, and swinging him round at the same moment as if on a pivot, he made a bound to the left.

"I thought we hit a man," said the engineer, swinging his lantern far out into the darkness.

The car moved away, swinging to the right across the traffic stream and clearly heading for old Bond Street.

"Wait," said Chief Inspector Kerry, and went swinging in, carrying his overall and having the malacca cane tucked under his arm.

Along the corridor he went with a lithe, silent step, moving from the hips and swinging his shoulders.


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