swung

[ swuhng ]
/ swʌŋ /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of swing1.

Related forms

un·swung, adjective

Definition for swung (2 of 3)

Origin of swing

1
before 900; Middle English swingen (verb), Old English swingan; cognate with German schwingen

Related forms

swing·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

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 swung (3 of 3)

swing

2
[ swing ]
/ swɪŋ /

noun

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.

adjective

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

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

swung

/ (swʌŋ) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of swing

British Dictionary definitions for swung (2 of 2)

swing

/ (swɪŋ) /

verb swings, swinging or swung

noun

Word Origin for swing

Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Culture definitions for swung

swing


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 swung

swing


In addition to the idiom beginning with swing

  • swing into action

also see:

  • get into the swing of things
  • in full swing
  • not enough room to swing a car
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