swerve

[ swurv ]
/ swɜrv /

verb (used without object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.

verb (used with object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to cause to turn aside: Nothing could swerve him.

noun

an act of swerving; turning aside.

Origin of swerve

1175–1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban, Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off

Related forms

un·swerved, adjectiveun·swerv·ing, adjectiveun·swerv·ing·ly, adverbun·swerv·ing·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See deviate.
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British Dictionary definitions for unswerving (1 of 2)

unswerving

/ (ʌnˈswɜːvɪŋ) /

adjective

not turning aside; constant

British Dictionary definitions for unswerving (2 of 2)

swerve

/ (swɜːv) /

verb

to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
(tr) to avoid (a person or event)

noun

the act, instance, or degree of swerving

Derived Forms

swervable, adjectiveswerver, noun

Word Origin for swerve

Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file
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