[ swing-ing ]
/ ˈswɪŋ ɪŋ /

adjective, superlative swing·ing·est.


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

Origin of swinging

First recorded in 1550–60; swing1 + -ing2


swing·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for swinging (2 of 3)

Origin of swing

before 900; Middle English swingen (verb), Old English swingan; cognate with German schwingen


swing·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for swing

10. Swing, sway, oscillate, rock suggest a movement back and forth. Swing expresses the comparatively regular motion to and fro of a body supported from the end or ends, especially from above: A lamp swings from the ceiling. To sway is to swing gently and is used especially of fixed objects or of persons: Young oaks sway in the breeze. Oscillate refers to the smooth, regular, alternating movement of a body within certain limits between two fixed points. Rock indicates the slow and regular movement back and forth of a body, as on curved supports: A cradle rocks.

Definition for swinging (3 of 3)

[ swing ]
/ swɪŋ /


Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.


of, relating to, or characteristic of swing: a swing record.

verb (used with object), swung, swing·ing.

to play (music) in the style of swing.

Origin of swing

special use of swing1
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British Dictionary definitions for swinging (1 of 2)

/ (ˈswɪŋɪŋ) /


moving rhythmically to and fro
slang modern and lively


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

Derived forms of swinging

swingingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for swinging (2 of 2)

/ (swɪŋ) /

verb swings, swinging or swung


Word Origin for swing

Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Cultural definitions for swinging


A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.

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Idioms and Phrases with swinging


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