- 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 Wordsstraight, precisely, direct, bang, beeline, dead, due, exactly, fair, flush, just, plump, right, slap, smack, square, squarely, undeviatingly, unswervingly
Examples from the Web for unswervingly
How such a creation of the devil's can love you so unswervingly is more than I can fathom.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Naturally she was unswervingly convinced of the reality of her visions.
Cumshaw's eyes were frank and clear, and met his unswervingly.The Lost Valley
J. M. Walsh
So when he swung round they followed him as unswervingly as they would have followed Kid.Baldy of Nome
Esther Birdsall Darling
It showed an amazing tenacity, and the common people of Russia sustained it unswervingly under conditions of extreme hardship.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
- 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 and History for unswervingly
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.).