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[ swuhm ]
/ swʌm /


past participle of swim.


bathe, glide, dive, float, paddle, submerge, wade, crawl, move, slip, practice, stroke, race, freestyle, skinny-dip, dog-paddle

Nearby words

swotty, swound, swounds, swozzle, swtz., swum, swung, swung dash, swy, swyer-james syndrome, sy

Definition for swum (2 of 2)


[ swim ]
/ swɪm /

verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.

verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.


an act, instance, or period of swimming.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.

Origin of swim

before 900; Middle English swimmen, Old English swimman; cognate with Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen, Old Norse svimma
Related formsswim·ma·ble, adjectiveswim·mer, nounnon·swim·mer, nounout·swim, verb, out·swam, out·swum, out·swim·ming. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for swum (1 of 2)


/ (swʌm) /


the past participle of swim

British Dictionary definitions for swum (2 of 2)


/ (swɪm) /

verb swims, swimming, swam or swum


Derived Formsswimmable, adjectiveswimmer, nounswimming, noun, adjective

Word Origin for swim

Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle
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Idioms and Phrases with swum


In addition to the idioms beginning with swim

  • swim against the current
  • swim with the tide

also see:

  • in the swim
  • sink or swim
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