verb (used with object), swiv·eled, swiv·el·ing or (especially British) swiv·elled, swiv·el·ling.
verb (used without object), swiv·eled, swiv·el·ing or (especially British) swiv·elled, swiv·el·ling.
Origin of swivel
Examples from the Web for swivel
Contemporary Examples of swivel
Historical Examples of swivel
He whirled about in his swivel chair, and blew a cloud of smoke from his mouth.Within the Law
The fat man grunted and hoisted himself out of the swivel chair.Dream Town
Even as they watched the gun moved on its swivel base, whirring underneath.The Gun
Philip K. Dick
Smoke-ring cannon for hail storms, swivel mounted, bow or stern.With The Night Mail
From the platform of the swivel they looked abroad over the sea.
- a pivot on which is mounted a gun that may be swung from side to side in a horizontal plane
- Also called: swivel gunthe gun itself
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for swivel
c.1300, from frequentative form of stem of Old English verb swifan "to move in a course, sweep" (a class I strong verb), from Proto-Germanic *swipanan (cf. Old Frisian swiva "to be uncertain," Old Norse svifa "to rove, ramble, drift"), from PIE root *swei- "swing, bend, move in a sweeping manner." Middle English swive was the principal slang for "to have sexual intercourse with," a sense that developed c.1300. This probably explains why, though the root is verbal, the verb swivel is not attested in Modern English until 1794. Cf. Middle English phrase smal-swivinge men "men who copulate infrequently."
1794, from swivel (n.). Related: Swiveled; swiveling; swivelled; swivelling.