- to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.
- to cause to turn aside: Nothing could swerve him.
- an act of swerving; turning aside.
Origin of swerve
Related Words for unswervingstaunch, steadfast, direct, unbending, dedicated, devoted, firm, steady, straight, undaunted, unfaltering, true
Examples from the Web for unswerving
Contemporary Examples of unswerving
The irony is that the idealization of Earp as a good guy with a gun, an unswerving servant of law and order, is a myth.The Wyatt Earp Myth: America’s Most Famous Vigilante Wasn’t
Andrew C. Isenberg
July 21, 2013
Netanyahu and Peres come from opposite sides of the political map, one being an unswerving hawk, the other a relentless peacenik.Shimon Peres Defies Benjamin Netanyahu, Part of Growing Disagreement on Iran Policy
August 17, 2012
Historical Examples of unswerving
In it were expressed sorrow, indignation, pity, and unswerving loyalty.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
His plans were carried out with an unswerving tenacity of purpose.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
And yet in the fundamentals of character and conduct he must be unswerving.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
As such they deserve our profoundest respect; our unswerving obedience.Practical Ethics
William DeWitt Hyde
He was a man of prudence and deliberation, and of unswerving decision.The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Saint Ignatius Loyola
- not turning aside; constant
- to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
- (tr) to avoid (a person or event)
- the act, instance, or degree of swerving
Word Origin for swerve
early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from Old English sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from Proto-Germanic *swerbanan (cf Old Norse sverfa "to scour, file," Old Saxon swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE root *swerbh-. Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian swerva "to creep," Middle Dutch swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in Old English, though unrecorded. Related: Swerved; swerving.
1741, from swerve (v.).