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super X-ray
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) CT scan
Supes etymology Diminutive of Superman. pronunciation
  • /suːps/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Superman, the character.
supper {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French soper, from sope. Compare French souper. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈsʌpɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈsʌpə/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Food consumed before going to bed.
  2. Any meal eaten in the evening; dinner eaten in the evening, rather than at noon.
  3. (Scotland, Northern Ireland, slang) A meal from a chip shop consisting of a deep-fried food with chip. a fish supper; a pizza supper
  4. A drinker, especially one who drinks slowly (i.e., one who sup).
related terms:
  • soup
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To consume a snack before retiring.
  2. To eat dinner (see above).
  • uppers
supravulgar etymology supra + vulgar
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) Above the vulgar or common people. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
Supremes etymology From , by shortening, punning reference to , a pop-music singing group.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The current members, as a group, of the .
  • presumes
sure as eggs etymology A shortened form of sure as eggs is eggs
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) surely; doubtlessly
    • 1991, Knut Faldbakken, Insect summer "Pity for you though, all the same, you could have tried your luck there — she'll open her legs for grammar-school boys, sure as eggs." "But if she's not much to look at anyway," I said, thereby saving both him and me...
sure as eggs is eggs etymology A corruption of as sure as x is x.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Absolutely certain. At this time of year, sure as eggs is eggs, the TV starts filling with Christmas ads for toys.
  • The ungrammatical "is" is commonly used in this set phrase.
sure thing
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) A reply to thank you. "Thanks a lot for your help." / "Sure thing!"
  2. An affirmative reply; yes; certainly. "Can you finish by tomorrow?" / "Sure thing!"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) That which is certain.
  • hungriest
surgery {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French surgerie, contracted form of cirurgie, from Latin chirurgia, from Ancient Greek χειρουργία 〈cheirourgía〉, from χείρ 〈cheír〉 + ἔργον 〈érgon〉. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈsɝdʒəri/
  • (RP) /ˈsɜːdʒəri/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) A procedure involving major incision to remove, repair, or replace a part of a body. Many times surgery is necessary to prevent cancer from spreading.
  2. {{senseid}}(medicine) The medical specialty related to the performance of surgical procedures.
  3. A room or department where surgery is performed.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 51: The physician's proper place was in the library, not in the surgery.
  4. {{senseid}} (British) A doctor's consulting room. I dropped in on the surgery as I was passing to show the doctor my hemorrhoids.
  5. (British) Any arrangement where people arrive and wait for an interview with certain people, similar to a doctor's surgery. Our MP will be holding a surgery in the village hall on Tuesday.
  6. (finance, bankruptcy, slang) A pre-packaged bankruptcy or "quick bankruptcy".
  7. (topology) The production of a manifold by removing parts of one manifold and replacing them with corresponding parts of others.
Synonyms: (procedure) operation, (room or department) operating room, operating theatre, theatre
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) suspicion (in terms of a sus law)
    • 2002, Simon James, British Government: A Reader in Policy Making (page 84) exampleThe committee … said 'sus' had acquired a symbolic significance out of all proportion to its significance as a criminal charge.
sus law {{wikipedia}} etymology From suspected person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A law that permitted a police officer to stop, search and potentially arrest people on suspicion of being in breach of section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824.
suspect etymology From Old French suspect, from Latin suspectus, perfect passive participle of suspiciō, from , combining form of sub, + speciō. pronunciation Adjective, noun
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈsʌs.pɛkt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{enPR}}, /səsˈpɛkt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To imagine or suppose (something) to be true, or to exist, without proof. to suspect the presence of disease
  2. (transitive) To distrust or have doubt about (something or someone). to suspect the truth of a story {{rfquotek}}
  3. (transitive) To believe (someone) to be guilty. exampleI suspect him of being the thief.
  4. (intransitive) To have suspicion.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To look up to; to respect.
Synonyms: (imagine or suppose to be true) imagine, suppose, think, (distrust, have doubts about) distrust, doubt, (believe to be guilty) accuse, point the finger at
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is suspected of something, in particular of commit a crime. Round up the usual suspects.Casablanca
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Viewed with suspicion; suspected.
    • {{rfdate}} John Milton: What I can do or offer is suspect.
    • {{quote-magazine}} In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.
  2. (nonstandard) Viewing with suspicion; suspecting.
    • 2004, Will Nickell, letter to the editor of Field & Stream, Volume CIX Number 8 (December 2004–January 2005), page 18: Now I’m suspect of other advice that I read in your pages.
Synonyms: (viewed with suspicion) dodgy (informal), doubtful, dubious, fishy (informal), suspicious
related terms:
  • suspicion
  • suspicious
  • cupsets
suspenser etymology suspense + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A film, television program, etc. that offers an atmosphere of suspense.
suss Alternative forms: sus pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From suspicious.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) Suspicious.
    • 2001, , , 2008, Bantam, UK, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=zBxcSJAbPc&sig=2KhHgXyERO77PFLmebVCQs0L5to&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20suss%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 244], ‘Yes - OK, OK. Try not to struggle, Tracey. It just makes you look even more suss.’
    • 2009, Barbara Ward Smith, Dead Centre: Murder Mystery, AuthorHouse, UK, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=jgVhERTdhD&sig=iieif2hwi8svtlB0LOUSNtzLeVo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20suss%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 191], I think it was Amber Johnson dressed up said Marc, but its proving it, we don′t have much to go on according to her said Jan her friend has been driving her car, yes very convenient said Marc and it′s even more suss that this friend has gone on holiday, did she ever give us the name of this mystical friend? Asked Jan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) Suspicious behaviour; the act of loiter with intent.
related terms:
  • suss law
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, UK, obsolete) To arrest for suspicious behaviour.
etymology 2 From suspect; originally suss out.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, UK, Australia, New Zealand, often with "out") To discover, infer or figure out.
    • 2007, Alex Caldon, The Quest for Truth, [http//|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=SqLbiHWNYu&sig=HcAlpTrVHSkYKA8i4Bl6b3x2lHE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OUVxUPO9M6nYigeggYHIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22susses%22|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 107], This David did without the crook knowing he had been sussed out.…When David returned home after sussing this new crook, he made sure one or two key people were informed about his true nature, and they were all then further protected.
    • 2007, Jenny Ainslie-Turner, Jolene: A Fiery Redhead Who Loves Talking Dirty: True Life Autobiography of a 1-2-1 Chat Girl, [http//|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=tCIicJZ_58&sig=3RdrjRZrZ7IB5otsIghcncFNx4I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OUVxUPO9M6nYigeggYHIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22susses%22|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 43], For some other guys who′ve sussed me out, it′s taken them quite some time. A certain regular of mine comes through three or four times a night, but not every night.…That said, this regular never sussed for a hell of a long time.
    • 2008, , Trying to find the sunny side of life, , Best Australian Political Writing, [http//|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=dSoMmQ0EZb&sig=2KVPPgGfNOfV1ZMFuOcmmtHJnG8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xEdwUKOfPJGwiQe1oYDoDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22susses%22|%22sussed%22|%22sussing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 275], It occurred to me that Matt′s mates, far from being proper objects of solicitation and sympathy, actually must feel they had life sussed.
  2. (transitive, UK, Australia, New Zealand) To study or size up, to check out (examine).
related terms:
  • sussed (adjective)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) Social nous.
    • 1995, , Skin Flicks, 2012, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=HFcvNKfHaT&sig=IccTijBsqxT_r1ME2tkXq0ow0MU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y unnumbered page], ‘I′m surprised at you, Danny Weston! I thought you had a bit more suss than this. I never thought you were capable of something so ... silly.’
    • 1996, Phil Healey, Rick Glanvill, Now That′s What I Call Urban Myths, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=hVKfKeIhua&sig=7_JHDXUI6hMqsSdTS0GGKJDfxDw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y page 138], The next painter the sultan approached was a sly old dog with more suss than a Cockney two-card trickster.
    • 1996, Mick Middles, Factory: The Story of the Record Label, 2011, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=L0umUkbkSw&sig=b32aPNmpBox1R2fMIpCZR6oBPds&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y unnumbered page], ‘I always was the true fucking star of this band. They uaed to say I was the fifth member ... I′m the first fucking member. Always was and always will be a star ... that′s me. Fucking Wythenshawe taking over Washington, that′s what this is, miles more suss we have than any of these bastards.’
    • 2001, , A Drink With Shane MacGowan, 2012, [http//|most+suss%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=wlloMM-zhq&sig=oAXwPwDIPlfc3Ncm1qnVe2T-I-E&hl=en&sa=X&ei=C8ZvUNSyN_G4iAf91oDADA&redir_esc=y unnumbered page], No, not cynicism, just fucking suss, David Bowie has more suss than the fucking people that are trying to put him through the mincer.
  • USSS
sussed pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of suss
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Sorted, organised; figured out, understood.
    • 2005, Daniel C. Bristow, Halcyon Nights, [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=sfon1hoGMq&sig=ZtpjkMLM8wonztD7mwfL-MqCr7Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20sussed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 57], Chippenham's hardly the romantic capitol of the world m′boy, but I see exactly what you′re saying, though I think you′ve got it more sussed than all us.
    • 2011, Henry Sutton, Get Me Out of Here, [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vzSD61d9Jf&sig=7hi0k2zcYPTUjj-8qtYhDPF73C8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20sussed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 78], ‘You mean you were still on dial-up?’ He laughed. ‘For someone who does what you do, I can′t believe you′re not more sussed.’
  2. (slang) Well-informed; in the know, savvy.
    • 1981, Muff Andersson, Music in the Mix: The story of South African Popular Music, [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=dTNrSfU1xA&sig=o_hfKQ4VqKElpTnsvCb5l67NRJU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y page 53], Patric′s one of the most sussed beings in the industry, but the schizophrenia that comes from being unable to reconcile a love of music with a desire to make lots of bucks seems to have affected everyone.
    • 1999, Jane C. Stokes, Anna Reading, The media in Britain: current debates and developments, (page 215), … for example J-17′s February issue carried an informative quiz, ‘Are you sussed about sex?’
    • 2000, Daniel O′Brien, SF:UK: How British Science Fiction Changed the World, [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=F60RqvFXx1&sig=NSF2vnpu3Xlo2KHUcQH7ZGKOzPM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y unidentified page], Their replacement came in the form of Liz Shaw (Caroline John), a rather more sussed female ‘companion’ than most of her predecessors.
    • 2003, , , [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22more|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=3DlUj4UM0w&sig=phkgMYoMyr3JHVBZdwlKfHnzr3I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y page 508], “But he didn′t, he just got lucky. When you′re lucky like that, though, people start to look up to you ... They reckon you′re more sussed than others.”
    • 2006, Stephen Simm, Miss Kwa Kwa, [http//|most+sussed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=eg_Uzg2nOS&sig=oaxGTrXCsqxFx5CTlAdnPwI3kmY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yB9xUJvkH8mTiAelgIHwCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20sussed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 191], She certainly seemed a lot more sussed than Martie remembered her.
Synonyms: (organised, figured out), (well-informed) savvy, switched on
related terms:
  • suss out
susso etymology sustenance + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) sustenance payment; welfare; the dole
suss out etymology From suspect.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To come to understand (a person). We've sussed him out — he only drinks on Fridays and only in that bar in town.
  2. (slang) To manage to work (something) out, to determine (something). We've sussed out how to open the lock.
    • 2012, The Economist, Electric cars: Difference Engine: Tailpipe truths As far as electric cars are concerned, motorists have sussed out that they do not make particularly good financial sense, even with a $7,500 handout from the federal government.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Suxamethonium.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, slang) Sucks (in the sense of being inferior or objectionable).
    • 2000, Jean Davies Okimoto, To Jaykae: Life Stinx The whole thing really sux too. i got caught skipping and the school called my mom.
    • 2007, Windows Vista magazine (Winter 2007) You can post updates about your life and your new friends will reply: "OMG that sux", "LOL you are teh funnay!"...
    • 2007, Gary Denne, The Matt Zander Journals Totally sux. I'd even settle for an in-depth conversation about the weather right now. I'm not used to being alone like this.
  • xus
swab {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /swɒb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) a small piece of soft, absorbent material, such as gauze, used to clean wound, apply medicine, or take sample of body fluid. Often attached to a stick or wire to aid access.
  2. A sample taken with a swab (1).
  3. A piece of material used for cleaning or sampling other items like musical instruments or guns.
  4. A mop, especially on a ship.
  5. (slang) A sailor; a swabby.
Synonyms: (sailor) swabby
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.”
    exampleswab the deck of a ship
swabby Alternative forms: swabbie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A sailor.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk.
    • 1983, Norma Fox Mazer, Someone to love "Look what we've got." Mitch brought out a bottle of pink champagne. "I'll get swacked if I drink before I eat," Sonia said.
swad etymology Related to swaddle? Alternative forms: swod
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bunch, clump, mass
    • 1895 — , , chapter X "Ye'd oughta see th' swad a' chil'ren I've got, an' all like that."
  2. (obsolete, slang) A crowd; a group of people.
  3. (obsolete) A boor, lout.
    • 1591, scene 2 Sham’st thou not coistrel, loathsome dunghill swad.
    • Ben Jonson There was one busy fellow was their leader, / A blunt, squat swad, but lower than yourself.
    • Greene Country swains, and silly swads.
  4. (mining) A thin layer of refuse at the bottom of a seam. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (UK, dialect, obsolete, Northern) A cod, or pod, as of bean or pea.
    • Blount Swad, in the north, is a peascod shell — thence used for an empty, shallow-headed fellow.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (bunch, clump) bunch, clump, mass
  • AWDs
  • daws
  • wads
  • WASD
Swaddler etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dated) A member of the Methodist Church in Ireland. {{rfquotek}}
swag {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (US) /swæɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Probably from Old Norse sveggja
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive and transitive) To sway; to cause to sway.
  2. (intransitive) To droop; to sag. {{rfquotek}}
    • Palsgrave I swag as a fat person's belly swaggeth as he goeth.
  3. (transitive) To decorate (something) with loop of draped fabric.
    • {{quote-news}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loop of drape fabric.
    • 2005, , , Bloomsbury Publishing, page 438: He looked in bewilderment at number 24, the final house with its regalia of stucco swags and bows.
  2. A low point or depression in land; especially, a place where water collects.
    • 1902, D. G. Simmons, "The Influence of Contaminated Water in the Development of Diseases", The American Practitioner and News, 34: 182. Whenever the muddy water would accumulate in the swag the water from the well in question would become muddy… After the water in the swag had all disappeared through the sink-hole the well water would again become clear.
etymology 2 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Style; fashionable appearance or manner.
    • 2009, Mark Anthony Archer, Exile, page 119 Now this dude got swag, and he was pushing up on me but, it wasn't like we was kicking it or anything!”
etymology 3 From British thieves′ slang.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The booty of a burglar or thief; a boodle.
  2. (uncountable) Handouts, freebie, or giveaway, such as those handed out at convention.
    • 2011, Mark Henry, Battle of the Network Zombies “Make sure to take some swag on your way out!” I called.He stooped a bit in mid-trot and snatched a small gold bag out of the basket at the door. The contents were mostly shit, a few drink tickets to the Well of Souls, VIP status at Convent, that sort of thing.
  3. (countable, Australia, dated) The possession of a bushman or itinerant worker, tied up in a blanket and carried over the shoulder, sometimes attached to a stick.
    • Lawson He tramped for years till the swag he bore seemed part of himself.
  4. (countable, Australia, by extension) A small single-person tent, usually foldable in to an integral backpack.
  5. (countable, Australia, New Zealand) A large quantity (of something).
    • 2010 August 31, "Hockey: Black Sticks lose World Cup opener", : New Zealand wasted a swag of chances to lose their opening women′s hockey World Cup match.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, ambitransitive) To travel on foot carrying a swag (possessions tied in a blanket). {{defdate}}
    • 1880, James Coutts Crawford, Recollections of Travel in New Zealand and Australia, [http//|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22swagged%22|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=Nq9oJv7rhS&sig=oOOuScFP6OHs7LNSUBr2h9poePU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-mZxUK71O6noiAep84DYAg&redir_esc=y page 259], He told me that times had been bad at Invercargill, and that he had started for fresh pastures, had worked his passage up as mate in a small craft from the south, and, arriving in Port Underwood, had swagged his calico tent over the hill, and was now living in it, pitched in the manuka scrub.
    • 1976, Pembroke Arts Club, The Anglo-Welsh Review, [http//|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22swagged%22|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fre1iB498h&sig=Ul9T-AKPtyViAyu_Vhst3vT0UfQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X25xULObBcmhiAeI-YHIBw&redir_esc=y page 158], That such a man was swagging in the Victoria Bush at the age of fifty-one requires explanation.
    • 2006, , The History Question: Who Owns the Past?, , Issue 23, [http//|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=NY9Ue5ZsLw&sig=OfD-EcshQq_ELxtZAJop0XsuVG8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-mZxUK71O6noiAep84DYAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagged%22|%22swagging%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 3], The plot is straightforward. A swagman is settling down by a billabong after a hard day′s swagging.
    • 2011, Penelope Debelle, Red Silk: The Life of Elliott Johnston QC, [http//|%22swagging%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=m15B1HmVAn&sig=9uGHey2BfwYSncWCyaut_2wfUh0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-mZxUK71O6noiAep84DYAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagged%22|%22swagging%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21], Over the Christmas of 1939, just three months after Britain and Australia had declared war on Germany, they went swagging together for a week and slept out under the stars in the Adelaide Hills, talking, walking and reading.
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative case form of SWAG; a wild guess or ballpark estimate. I can take a swag at the answer, but it may not be right.
  • GWAS, WAGs, wags
swaggie etymology From swag + ie. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswaɡi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, colloquial) A swagman.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 40: The swaggie shifted on his heels. His attitude was uncertain.
swagman {{wikipedia}} etymology From swag + man; Australian sense from 1869. Alternative forms: swagger, swaggie (diminutive), swagsman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, historical) An itinerant person who walks from farm to farm carrying a swag and seeking work, often in exchange for food and lodging.
    • 1902, , The Chosen Vessel, , 2007, Echo Library, [http//|%22swagmen%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=c0Y6qCUoD8&sig=oXv6XKm1YlamPoYfv1zKYO1UtK8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uC50UJPdCqiUigLp3YCoCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagman%22|%22swagmen%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 89], She was not afraid of horsemen; but swagmen, going to, or worse, coming from the dismal, drunken little township, a day′s journey beyond, terrified her. One had called at the house today, and asked for tucker.
    • 2007, Melissa Harper, The Ways of the Bushwalker: On Foot in Australia, [http//|%22swagmen%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=yitAC6SNgv&sig=WPfc6jLWQYJ-cqiTry_ShfZLfDE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jyZ0UPi1LcGYiQKxkIHoBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagman%22|%22swagmen%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 100], In his prose works Landlopers and Knocking Round, Brereton penned affectionate portraits of shearers, swagmen and farmers′ wives, based on people he had met on his walks.
    • 2009, Bronwyn Sell, John Caffrey, c.1850-87, Law Breakers and Mischief Makers: 50 Notorious New Zealanders, 2010, ReadHowYouWant, [http//|%22swagmen%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=nHC7oCFf6l&sig=SJn0ArtV9j_a55cKzWm7sProHLo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jyZ0UPi1LcGYiQKxkIHoBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagman%22|%22swagmen%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 72], The policeman thought it best to surprise the man, since he might be armed, so he disguised himself as a swagman and pounced as the man returned from his bridge-painting job.
  2. (US, slang) A fence, a middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
    • 1971 November 22, Frank E. Emerson, They Can Get It for You BETTER Than Wholesale, , [http//|%22swagmen%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6f3T173jl6&sig=IWfWp046ff_J6YgkXeoBnqC-76M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PBl0UJG_CuSimQWwq4CwBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22swagman%22|%22swagmen%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 34], According to Tommy, the mob uses swagmen like himself as down-the-line distributors for these large jobs.
Synonyms: (one who travels on foot looking for work) hobo, sundowner, traveller (dated Australian usage), tussocker (New Zealand), (fence) fence
swaining etymology From swain + ing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, slang) Lovemaking.
swallow {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswɒləʊ/
  • (US) /ˈswɑ.loʊ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English swolowen, swolwen, swolȝen, swelwen, swelȝen, from Old English swelgan, from Proto-Germanic *swelganą, from Proto-Indo-European *swelk-. Cognate with Dutch zwelgen, German schwelgen, Swedish svälja, Icelandic svelgja, Old English swillan, swilian. See also swill. The noun is from late Old English swelg, from the verb. Alternative forms: swalow, swolow (obsolete)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause (food, drink etc.) to pass from the mouth into the stomach; to take into the stomach through the throat. {{defdate}}
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4: What the liquor was I do not know, but it was not so strong but that I could swallow it in great gulps and found it less burning than my burning throat.
    • 2011, Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 21 Apr 2011: Clothes are to be worn and food is to be swallowed: they remain trapped in the physical world.
  2. (transitive) To take (something) in so that it disappears; to consume, absorb. {{defdate}}
    • John Locke The necessary provision of the life swallows the greatest part of their time.
    • 2010, "What are the wild waves saying", The Economist, 28 Oct 2010: His body, like so many others swallowed by the ocean’s hungry maw, was never found.
  3. (intransitive) To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagus to achieve this, often taken as a sign of nervousness or strong emotion. {{defdate}} My throat was so sore that I was unable to swallow.
    • 1979, VC Andrews, Flowers in the Attic: She swallowed nervously then, appearing near sick with what she had to say.
  4. (transitive) To accept easily or without questions; to believe, accept. {{defdate}}
    • Sir Thomas Browne Though that story … be not so readily swallowed.
    • 2011, Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian, 22 Apr 2011: Americans swallowed his tale because they wanted to.
  5. To engross; to appropriate; usually with up.
    • Alexander Pope Homer excels … in this, that he swallowed up the honour of those who succeeded him.
  6. To retract; to recant. to swallow one's opinions
    • Shakespeare swallowed his vows whole
  7. To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation. to swallow an affront or insult
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
  2. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing. He took the aspirin with a single swallow of water.
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} Old English swealwe, from Germanic. Cognate with Danish svale, Dutch zwaluw, German Schwalbe, Swedish svala.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family with long, pointed, moon-shaped wing and a forked tail which feed on the wing by catching insect.
  2. (nautical) The aperture in a block through which the rope reeve. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (bird of Hirundinidae) martin
related terms:
  • (bird of Hirundinidae) martlet (type of feetless bird in heraldry)
  • wallows
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of swallow; one who swallows.
  1. (vulgar, slang) Someone who swallows semen at the end of an act of fellatio.
  • wallowers
swamp cooler {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An evaporative cooling device; a device that cools air by blowing it through or across a moist pad or membrane.
swamper etymology From swamp + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswɒmpə/
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  1. (US) A person who lives in a swampy area. {{defdate}}
  2. (US) A person who clears a road for lumberers in a forest or swamp. {{defdate}}
    • 1860, James Brown, New Brunswick as a Home for Emigrants, p. 10: In the latter part of winter, I hired with a lumberer – camped out, and wrought in the forest as a swamper.
  3. Someone or something that swamp or overwhelm. {{defdate}}
    • 1991, Kedar Nath Prasad, India's Rural Problems, p. 38: The Population Factor is a dissipator or swamper of the gain in per capita income and hence of the redressal of poverty to that degree.
  4. (North America, slang) A truck driver's assistant; an assistant to a driver of horses, mules or bullocks. {{defdate}}
    • 1926, Jacob Allred, "Driving the last 20-mule team across Death Valley", Popular Mechanics, Apr 1926, p. 610: To use such a brake on the front wagon, the driver stood up on the seat, letting the team follow the leaders, and threw his whole weight on the upper end of the bar, while the swamper braked the rear wagon.
  5. (Australia, slang) a person who travels by foot but has his belongings on a wagon. {{defdate}}
    • 1901, May Vivienne, Travels in Western Australia: Being A Description of the Various Cities and Towns, Goldfields, and Agricultural Districts of that State, 1993, [http//|%22swampers%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22swamper%22|%22swampers%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=82P-fSXT2t&sig=2Emyln8QKinsv0UFBP_PmQ872Eo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gvh0UJ77H-iXiQf8rIDQCw&redir_esc=y page 167], On the road to the Diorite King, which is about 40 miles from Leonora, there was nothing much to see except a good many swampers. A “swamper” is a man tramping without his swag, which he entrusts to a teamster to bring on his waggon.
    • 1936, Sir John Kirwan, My Life's Adventure, p. 77: He arrived at Western Australia the year after the discovery of gold at Coolgardie, and walked to the goldfields as a "swamper" – that is, he paid to have his belongings carried on a dray while he trudged along beside it.
  6. (US) A handyman or general employee in a liquor saloon; a cook's assistant. {{defdate}}
    • 1937, John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Penguin 1994, p. 19: The old swamper shifted his broom and held it between his elbow and his side while he held out his hand for the can.
swamp gas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) hydrogen sulfide
Synonyms: rotten egg gas
Swamp Yankee {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An American with English colonial ancestry from rural Rhode Island or nearby eastern Connecticut and southeastern Massachusetts.
swan {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /swɒn/
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  • (US) /swɑn/
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etymology 1 From Old English swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz. Cognate with Western Frisian swan, Low German Swaan, swan, Dutch zwaan, German Schwan, Swedish svan, probably literally "the singing bird," from a Proto-Indo-European base *swon-/*swen- "to sing, make sound". Related to Old English geswin and swinsian. Compare Latin sonus and Russian звон 〈zvon〉 and звук 〈zvuk〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus, most of which have white plumage.
  2. (figuratively) One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.
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  1. (British, intransitive) To travel or move about in an aimless, idle, or pretentiously casual way.
    • 2010, Lee Rourke, The Canal, Melville House Publishing (2010), ISBN 9781935554905, unnumbered page: He swans around that stinking office in his expensive clothes that are a little too tight for comfort, he swans around that stinking office without a care in the world.
    • 2013, Tilly Bagshawe, One Summer’s Afternoon, HarperCollins (2013), ISBN 9780007472550, unnumbered page: One of the few strokes of good luck Emma had had in recent days was the news that Tatiana Flint-Hamilton, her only real rival for top billing as 'most photographable girl' at today's event had decided to swan off to Sardinia instead, leaving the limelight entirely to Emma.
  • In the sense "to travel", usually used as part of the phrase "to swan about" or "to swan around".
etymology 2 Probably from dialectal , contraction of "I shall warrant"; later seen as a minced form of swear.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To declare (chiefly in first-person present constructions).
    • 1907 December, J. D. Archer, Foiling an eavesdropper, in Telephony, volume 14, page 345: "Well, I swan, man, I had a better opinion of you than that."
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, page 214: ‘She slammed the door so hard I figured a window'd break ….’ ‘I swan,’ I said.
  • awns
  • NASW
  • sawn
  • WANs
swang pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /swæŋ/
  • (also) (US) {{enPR}}, /sweɪŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A swamp.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic and dialectal) en-simple past of swing. Now largely replaced by swung.
  2. (African American vernacular, slang) To steer one's vehicle from side to side while driving.
    • 2005, (featuring ), "", : Turn on my blinker light and then I swang it slow
    • 2006, (featuring and ), "Swang", : I'mma swang, I'mma swing my slab lean to the left
    • 2010, G. Washington, Karma from the Cradle to the Street, Xlibris (2010), ISBN 9781453596180, page 118: Caine pulled off burning rubber and swanging side to side.
  • gnaws, wangs
swap {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: swop pronunciation
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etymology From Middle English swappen, probably from Old English *swappian, a secondary form of Old English swapan. Cognate with German schwappen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An exchange of two comparable things. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
  3. (obsolete, UK, dialect) A blow; a stroke.
  4. (computing, informal, uncountable) Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory. How much swap do you need?
Synonyms: barter, trade, quid pro quo
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
    • Religion in the workplace, page 98, Michael Wolf, Bruce Friedman, Daniel Sutherland, 1998, “In an effort to provide more permanent accommodations, employers may offer employees the opportunity either to swap jobs with a colleague or to transfer to a new position.”
    • A Season of Fire and Ice, Lloyd Zimpel, 2007, “Chief watched these goings-on without pleasure, and waved them off in disgust when the smarmiest of the two suggested he might wish to swap that elk's tooth for this jug of fine rye whiskey.”
    • The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East, page 253, Andrew Scott Cooper, 2011, “The Shah wanted to swap oil for more arms.”
  2. (obsolete) To strike, hit.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And soo sir launcelot rode on the one syde and she on the other / he had not ryden but a whyle / but the knyghte badde sir Launcelot torne hym and loke behynde hym /…/ And soo sir launcelot torned hym…/ and there wyth was the knyghte and the lady on one syde / & sodenly he swapped of his ladyes hede
  3. (obsolete) To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently. {{rfquotek}}
    • Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.
  4. (obsolete) To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
Synonyms: (exchange) exchange, trade, switch
  • paws
  • waps
  • wasp
  • WSPA
swapportunity etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) an opportunity to make a swap
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swapsies etymology swap + sies
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) The act of swapping.
  • asswipes
swap spit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) to kiss, to make out
  2. (idiomatic, slang) to exchange information
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of a swarm.
  2. (colloquial, Canada) A crime where an unsuspecting innocent bystander is attacked by several culprits at once, with no known motive.
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  1. present participle of swarm
  • swingarm
  • warmings
swat pronunciation
  • (US) /swɒt/, /swŏt/
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  1. (transitive) To beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit. He swatted the mosquito that was buzzing around in his bedroom. The cat swatted at the feather.
  2. (slang) to illegitimately elicit a SWAT assault
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hard stroke, hit or blow, e.g., as part of a spanking.
  • ATWS, AWTs, taws, 'twas, TWAs, wast, wats, WSTA
swatting pronunciation
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etymology swat + ing
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  1. present participle of swat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A motion or gesture that swat; a swat.
    • Oliver Sacks, Awakenings This … evoked a new disorder — a tendency to sudden, tic-like jabbings and swattings in the air, as if she were fending off flies or mosquitoes.
  2. (slang) The action of making an illegitimate call to the police so as to have a SWAT team dispatched to a location.
swear box
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  1. (informal) a money box, used to collect a nominal fine from people who use foul language, especially in a workplace.
swear word Alternative forms: swearword
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A word considered taboo and impolite or offensive. When I heard swear words from the next room, I decided to keep my distance.
Synonyms: (in the singular) curse, curse word, cuss, dirty word, expletive, four-letter word, oath, (in the plural) the plurals of all the synonyms for the singular form, as well as the following, which are all uncountable: bad language, French, strong language, swearing, See also
sweat {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old English swāt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-, from Proto-Indo-European *swoyd-, *sweyd-. Cognate with West Frisian swit, Dutch zweet, German Schweiß, Danish sved, Swedish svett, Yiddish שוויצן 〈şwwyẕn〉 (English shvitz), French sueur, Persian خوی 〈kẖwy̰〉, Sanskrit स्वेद 〈svēda〉, Latvian sviedri, Tocharian B syā-, and Albanian djersë.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fluid that exits the body through pore in the skin usually due to physical stress and/or high temperature for the purpose of regulating body temperature and removing certain compounds from the circulation.
  2. (British, slang, military slang, especially WWI) A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).
  3. (historical) The sweating sickness.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, page 131: When the sweat comes back this summer, 1528, people say, as they did last year, that you won't get it if you don't think about it.
  4. Moisture issuing from any substance. the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack {{rfquotek}}
  5. A short run by a racehorse as a form of exercise.
Synonyms: (fluid that exits the body through pores) perspiration, sudor
etymology 2 From Old English swætan, from the noun swāt. Compare Dutch zweten, German schwitzen, Danish svede.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit sweat.
  2. (transitive) To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire. His physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To work hard. I've been sweating over my essay all day.
  4. (transitive, informal) To extract money, labour, etc. from, by exaction or oppression. to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat labourers
  5. (intransitive, informal) To worry.
  6. (transitive, colloquial) To worry about (something). {{defdate}}
    • 2010, Brooks Barnes, "Studios battle to save Narnia", The New York Times, 5 Dec 2010: There are few matters studio executives sweat more than maintaining their franchises.
  7. (transitive) To emit, in the manner of sweat. to sweat blood
    • Dryden With exercise she sweat ill humors out.
  8. (intransitive) To emit moisture. The cheese will start sweating if you don't refrigerate it.
  9. (intransitive, plumbing) To solder (a pipe joint) together.
  10. (transitive, slang) To stress out. Stop sweatin' me!
  11. (transitive, intransitive) To cook slowly in shallow oil without brown.
  12. (transitive, archaic) To remove a portion of (a coin), as by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction wears off a small quantity of the metal.
    • R. Cobden The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by sweating, or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression.
Synonyms: (emit sweat) perspire, (work hard) slave, slog, work hard, (to worry) fret, worry
related terms:
  • shvitz
  • tawse, waste, wetas
sweatbox etymology sweat + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any box or boxlike structure used to induce sweat, such as of hide or tobacco
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  2. (US, slang) A prison cell
  3. (slang) A small nightclub packed to capacity where people get hot and sweaty.
sweat bullets
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  1. (intransitive, slang, idiomatic) To sweat profusely; especially, to be very nervous or anxious. He was sweating bullets about the exam all week.
Synonyms: shit bricks, sweat blood
sweater {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP)
    • /ˈswɛt.ə/
  • (AusE)
    • /ˈswetə/
  • (GenAm)
    • /ˈswɛtɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A knit jacket or jersey, usually of thick wool, worn by athlete before or after exercise.
  2. (US) A similar garment worn for warmth.
  3. One who sweat (produces sweat).
    • 2007, A Sea of Broken Hearts: Patient Rights in a Dangerous Profit-Driven Health Care System, John T. James, “The cardiologist who administered Alex's exercise stress test on August 21 observed during that test that Alex was a profuse sweater.”, page 29, 9781467097116
  4. One who or that which causes to sweat.
    • 1906, Chesterton, Charles Dickens, We learn of the cruelty of some school or child-factory from journalists; we learn it from inspectors, we learn it from doctors, we learn it even from shame-stricken schoolmasters and repentant sweaters; but we never learn it from the children; we never learn it from the victims.
Synonyms: (for sense 1) sweatshirt, (for sense 2) jumper, pullover, jersey, cardigan, wooly, (for sense 3) perspirer, (for sense 4) exploiter
  • wearest
sweater puppies
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) a woman's breast
sweat off
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  1. (transitive, informal) To lose (weight) by sweat (from heavy exercise, sauna etc.).
    • 4 October 2010, Express, REBECCA ADLINGTON TAKES THE BUS LANE TO BRONZE The shocked Aussie fighters started to sweat off the excess pounds, but competition manager Lenni Gama denied any problem with the scales.
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  1. plural of sweat
  2. (informal) A sweatsuit.
  3. (informal) Any illness causing copious perspiration. I have a bad case of the sweats. Do you think it's the flu?
  4. (informal) Nervousness.
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  1. en-third-person singular of sweat
  • sawest, saw set, sawset, tawses, wastes
sweatshirt Alternative forms: sweat shirt etymology From sweat + shirt. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loose shirt, usually made of a knit fleece, for athletic wear and now often used as casual apparel.
  2. A shirt worn against the skin, usually under other clothing, to absorb sweat.
Synonyms: (shirt worn against the skin) undershirt
  • swarthiest
swedge etymology From earlier suaidge, variant of English swage.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool (originally a bevelled chisel) for making grooves in horseshoes.
  2. (Scotland, slang, uncountable) The drug MDMA.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shape metal using a hammer or other force.
  2. (colloquial) To leave (a restaurant etc.) without paying.
  3. To fold under or round an object.
  • wedges
sweet {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English sweete, swete, from Old English swēte, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂dus 〈*sweh₂dus〉. Cognate with Scots sweit, Northern Frisian sweete, Western Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød, Swedish söt, Latin suāvis. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar. a sweet apple
  2. Having a taste of sugar.
  3. Containing a sweetening ingredient.
  4. (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar. Sweet wines are better dessert wines.
  5. Not having a salty taste. sweet butter
    • 1821, Robert Thomas, The modern practice of physic Nothing has been found so effectual for preserving water sweet at sea, during long voyages, as charring the insides of the casks well before they are filled.
  6. Having a pleasant smell. a sweet scent
    • Longfellow The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
  7. Not decay, ferment, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale. sweet milk
  8. Having a pleasant sound. a sweet tune
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful
  9. Having a pleasing disposition. a sweet child
  10. Having a helpful disposition. It was sweet of him to help out.
  11. (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substance like acid or sulphur. sweet soil sweet crude oil
  12. (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable. The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.
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  13. {{anchor}}(informal, followed by on) Romantically fixate, enamor (followed by with), fond (followed by of). The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
  14. (obsolete) Fresh; not salt or brackish. sweet water {{rfquotek}}
  15. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair. a sweet face; a sweet colour or complexion
    • Milton Sweet interchange / Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
Synonyms: (having a taste of sugar) saccharine, sugary, (containing a sweetening ingredient) sugared, sweetened, (not having a salty taste) fresh, unsalty, (having a pleasant smell) fragrant, odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling, (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale) fresh, unfermented, wholesome, (having a pleasant sound) dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant, (having a pleasing disposition) cute, lovable, pleasant, (having a helpful disposition) kind, gracious, helpful, sensitive, thoughtful, ((informal) very pleasing) rad, awesome, wicked
  • (having a pleasant taste) bitter, sour, salty
  • (containing a sweetening ingredient) nonsweet, sugarless, unsugared, unsweetened, unsweet
  • (of wines: retaining a portion of natural sugar) dry
  • (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale) decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, stale
  • (not having a salty taste) salty, savoury
  • (free from excessive unwanted substances) sour
  • ((informal) very pleasing) lame, uncool
  • Also used as a positive response to good news or information: They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a sweet manner. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (in a sweet manner) sweetly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, British) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, British) A food eaten for dessert. Can we see the sweet menu, please?
  4. sweetheart; darling
    • Ben Jonson Wherefore frowns my sweet?
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
    • Milton a wilderness of sweets
  6. (obsolete) That which is pleasing or welcome to the mind. the sweets of domestic life
Synonyms: (sweet taste sensation) See sweetness, (food that is high in sugar content) bonbon, candy (US), confection, confectionery, lolly (Australia), (food eaten for dessert) See dessert
  • {{rank}}
  • weest
  • weets
sweet as
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (New Zealand, idiomatic, slang) Wonderful, extremely good. His new car is sweet as.
sweetcheeks etymology sweet + cheeks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Term of endearment
sweet cheeks
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, offensive) A term of address implying the person addressed has attractive buttocks.
sweetener etymology sweeten + er
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a food additive that sweeten, especially an artificial substitute for sugar
  2. (informal) something added as an inducement or incentive; a kickback
sweet fuck all
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) Somewhat more intense form of fuck all.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) Somewhat more intense form of fuck all.
sweetheart etymology From sweet + heart. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is always very kind. She is such a sweetheart, she never complains about me being late.
  2. A person very much like or love by someone, especially when both partners are young. John married his highschool sweetheart in 1981.
  3. (US) A female member of a college or university fraternity.
Synonyms: (kind) sweetie., (romantic term of endearment) dear, darling, sweetie.
related terms:
  • sweet
  • sweetie
sweetie Alternative forms: sweety pronunciation
  • /ˈswiːti/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often as a term of address) A person who is much loved.
  2. A sweetheart.
  3. A fruit that is a crossbreed between a grapefruit and a pomelo, originating in Israel.
  4. (childish) A sweet. Can I have a box of sweeties for being a good boy?
sweetleaf {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: sweet leaf etymology sweat + leaf
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any plant of the genus Stevia, from which stevia is extract.
  2. {{taxlink}}, a plant of the family {{taxlink}} whose leaves may be used as a potherb.
  3. {{taxlink}}, an evergreen shrub or small tree in the southeastern United States.
  4. {{taxlink}}, wild bergamot, a medicinal and ornamental herb.
  5. (slang) Cannabis.
Synonyms: {{vern}}
sweet seventeen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A girl's seventeenth birthday, or seventeenth-birthday party. It is often used to mitigate a failed sweet sixteen birthday.
Sweet Sixteen
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (basketball, US, informal) The sixteen teams participating in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division I tournament, one of whom will become the national champion.
  2. (basketball, US, informal) The round of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament where all but 16 teams have been eliminated.
  3. (basketball, US, informal) An appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. The new coach has just led the Nimrods to their first Sweet Sixteen.
  4. A party for one's sixteenth birthday.
sweet sixteen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) A girl's sixteenth birthday, or sixteenth-birthday party and a related coming of age party
sweet spot {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) The optimal place on the bat, racquet, etc with which to hit. He hit the gapper right off of the sweet spot.
  2. Any place which is optimum for a certain action to take place.
  3. (physics, slang): The center of percussion.
  4. (slang, euphemistic) The clitoris, prostate gland or other center of sexual pleasure
swell {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /swɛl/
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etymology From Middle English swellen, from Old English swellan, from Proto-Germanic *swellaną, of unknown origin. Cognate with ofs swella, Low German swellen, Dutch zwellen, German schwellen, Swedish svälla, Icelandic svella. The adjective may derive from the noun.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become bigger, especially due to being engorge.
    • Shakespeare Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
  2. (transitive) To cause to become bigger. Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.
  3. (intransitive) To grow gradually in force or loudness. The organ music swelled.
  4. (transitive) To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate. to be swelled with pride or haughtiness
  5. (intransitive) To be raised to arrogance.
    • Shakespeare Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock.
    • Sir Walter Scott You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do at scarlet.
  6. To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
    • Dryden Your equal mind yet swells not into state.
  7. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant. swelling words; a swelling style
  8. To protuberate; to bulge out. A cask swells in the middle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of swelling.
  2. Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
    • Landor: the swell and subsidence of his periods
  3. A long series of ocean wave, generally produced by wind, and lasting after the wind has ceased.
    • 1883, , Treasure Island, ch. 24: There was a great, smooth swell upon the sea.
  4. (music) A gradual crescendo followed by diminuendo.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.”
  5. (music) A device for controlling the volume of a pipe organ.
  6. (music) A division in a pipe organ, usually the largest enclosed division.
  7. A hillock or similar raised area of terrain.
    • 1909, , The Last of the Chiefs, ch. 2: Off on the crest of a swell a moving figure was seen now and then. "Antelope," said the hunters.
  8. (informal) A person who is dressed in a fancy or elegant manner.
    • {{circa}} , "The Kickleburys on the Rhine" in The Christmas Books of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: It costs him no more to wear all his ornaments about his distinguished person than to leave them at home. If you can be a swell at a cheap rate, why not?
    • 1887, , The Cash Boy, ch. 9: He was dressed in a flashy style, not unlike what is popularly denominated a swell.
  9. (informal) A person of high social standing; an important person.
    • 1864, , The Small House at Allington, ch. 2: "I am not in Mr Crosbie's confidence. He is in the General Committee Office, I know; and, I believe, has pretty nearly the management of the whole of it." . . . "I'll tell you what he is, Bell; Mr Crosbie is a swell." And Lilian Dale was right; Mr Crosbie was a swell.
    • 1906, , The Trespasser, ch. 8: You buy a lot of Indian or halfbreed loafers with beaver-skins and rum, go to the Mount of the Burning Arrows, and these fellows dance round you and call you one of the lost race, the Mighty Men of the Kimash Hills. And they'll do that while the rum lasts. Meanwhile you get to think yourself a devil of a swell—you and the gods!
Synonyms: (person dressed in a fancy or elegant manner) dandy, dude, toff, (person of high social standing) toff
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, informal, now somewhat dated or ironic) Excellent.
    • 2012, Ariel Levy, "The Space In Between", The New Yorker, 10 Sep 2012: Orgasms are swell, but they are not the remedy to every injustice.
  • wells, Wells
swelldom etymology swell + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, humorous) People of rank and fashion; the class of swell, collectively.
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swellegant etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Both swell and elegant.
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swellhead etymology swell + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An arrogant or conceited person.
  • wellheads
swellish etymology swell + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, dated) Like a swell or dandy; stylish.
swell mob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) Well-dressed thieves and swindler, regarded collectively. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
swelter etymology Frequentative form of swelt, from Old English sweltan. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswɛl.tə/
  • (US) /ˈswɛl.tɚ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To suffer terribly from intense heat. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (intransitive) To perspire greatly from heat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Intense heat. The summer swelter did not relent until late in September, most years.
  • welters
  • wrestle
Swenglish {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The English language as spoken with Swedish influence.
swiftboat Alternative forms: swift boat etymology From swift + boat
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, politics, pejorative) To attack a politician with specious claims.
  2. (slang) To trick, scam, or swindle. If you're going to try and swiftboat me for the Petermann account, keep on dreaming.
  • As the term's non-political origin is still widely recognized, some refrain from using it as a verb in a political context out of respect for veterans not associated with the political group.
swift boat Alternative forms: swiftboat, Swift Boat
etymology 1
  • swift + boat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, shallow draft water vessel used by the United States Navy for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations during the Vietnam War; Fast Patrol Craft (PCF).
etymology 2 From a 2004 campaign by political group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to challenge the legitimacy of each combat medal awarded by the U.S. Navy to presidential candidate John Kerry, and the disposition of his discharge.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, neologism, pejorative, transitive) to put forth sensational negative stories about a political figure as part of a smear campaign against them, especially regarding their military record
    • Laurie Goodstein, “American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?”, in New York Times, September 6, 2010. “There is simply the desire to paint an entire religion as the enemy,” he said. Referring to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the founder of the proposed Muslim center near ground zero, “What they did to Imam Feisal was highly strategic. The signal was, we can Swift Boat your most moderate leaders.”
    • 2007, , Where have all the leaders gone? Swift-boating is the new term used to describe a dirty campaign that tries to paint a war hero as unpatriotic.
    • 2008, , Time, "To Swift-Boat or Not" Swift-boating's essence is a particular kind of dishonesty, or rather a particular combination of shadowy dishonesties. It usually involves a complex web of facts, many of which may even be true.
Swiftie etymology Swift + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American singer-songwriter and actress Taylor Swift.
    • 2012, Ina Esclamado, "Taylor Swift", Cord Music Magazine, April 2012, page 26: Today was the day, and it hadn't fully hit me till that very moment when the doors opened and I was rushing to the front of the stage and standing amongst the thousands of fellow Swifties.
    • 2013, Sean Keeley, "Grammys: the good, the bad and the ugly", The Heights (Boston College), Volume 94, Number 8, 14 February 2013, page B4: Even for devoted Swifties, it's hard to deny that her surrealist nightmare of a Grammy performance was a definite miscalculation.
    • 2013, Colin Orthmann, "Party Animals", Sound, Phrase & Fury, Volume 1, Issue 5, September/October 2013, page 35: “RED” makes you think of Taylor Swift, so maybe we can get some confused Swifties to buy our album.
etymology 1 swig + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who swig.
    • 2009, Steven Travers, A Tale of Three Cities His work ethic, sobriety, and family man reputation meant little in the Big Apple; they loved the martini-swiggers of the Sinatra age.
etymology 2 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) An undecided African-American swing voter.
  • wiggers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, dialect, slang) A drunkard; said of an individual who drinks until the alcohol can be heard swillking about in their stomach.
swimmer etymology From swim + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswɪm.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈswɪm.ɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who swims.
  2. A protuberance on the leg of a horse.
  3. (chiefly, in the plural, colloquial) A sperm.
swimmingly etymology swimming + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In a very favorable manner; agreeably; without difficulty; successfully.
    • 1712, , The Journal to Stella (first published 1766), ch. 5, Letter 47: The Secretary would not go so far to satisfy the Whigs in the House of Commons; but there all went swimmingly.
    • 1809, , Knickerbocker's History of New York, ch. 39: [T]he negotiation goes on swimmingly, inasmuch as there is no prospect of its ever coming to a close. Nothing is lost by these delays and obstacles but time; and in a negotiation, according to the theory I have exposed, all time lost is in reality so much time gained; with what delightful paradoxes does modern political economy abound!
    • 1847, , Jane Eyre, ch. 9: [W]e got on swimmingly together, deriving much entertainment, if not much improvement, from our mutual intercourse.
    • 1888, , The Elect Lady, ch. 22: Things went swimmingly with George. He had weathered a crisis, and was now full of confidence.
    • 1917, , Parnassus on Wheels, ch. 12: I got along swimmingly. The travelling men, after a moment or two of embarrassed diffidence, treated me quite as one of themselves.
    • 2001 July 2, Daniel Kadlec, "Finally, Help With Your 401(k)," Time: If all goes swimmingly, the bill could reach the President's desk by year end.
swimsuit {{wikipedia}} etymology A compound of swim + suit. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tight-fitting garment worn for swimming, especially the one-piece garment worn by women and girls. exampleJade refused to go swimming with her brother until he helped her find her favorite swimsuit. examplePut on your swimsuit and let's go for a swim.
Synonyms: bathers (Australia), budgie smugglers (Australia), cossie (Australia), swimmers (Australia), swimming costume, swimming trunks (the male bottom that resembles shorts), togs (Australia, Ireland)
swindle etymology Middle High German, from Old High German swintiln, frequentative of the verb swintan; compare Modern German schwindeln, Dutch zwindelen and zwendelen, Low German swinneln. pronunciation
  • /ˈswɪndəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To defraud (someone). The two men swindled the company out of $160,000.
  2. (intransitive) To obtain money or property by fraudulent or deceitful method.
Synonyms: (to be swindled) be sold a pup (idiomatic, British, Australian), (to defraud) swizz (informal, mainly British)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of swindling.
Synonyms: scheme, swizz (informal, mainly British)
  • windles
swindler etymology From German Schwindler{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈswɪnd.lə(ɹ)/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who swindle, cheat or defraud.
Synonyms: See also
swine pronunciation
  • /swaɪn/
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etymology From Middle English swine, swin, from Old English swīn, from Proto-Germanic *swīną, from an adjectival form of Proto-Indo-European *sū-. Related to West Frisian swyn, Low German Swien, Dutch zwijn, German Schwein, Danish svin, and more distantly to Polish świnia, Russian свинья 〈svinʹâ〉, Latin sūs, Ancient Greek ὗς 〈hŷs〉. See also sow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plural swine) Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulate of the family Suidae.
  2. (pejorative) A contemptible person (plural swines).
  3. (slang, derogatory) A police officer; a "pig".
  4. (archaic) plural of sow
  • sinew
  • Wenis
  • wines
  • wisen
swing {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈswɪŋ/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /ˈswiːŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English swingen, from Old English swingan, from Proto-Germanic *swinganą (compare Low German swingen, German schwingen 'to brandish', Swedish svinga), from Proto-Indo-European *su̯eng- (compare Scottish Gaelic seang 'thin').
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To rotate about an off-centre fixed point. The plant swung in the breeze.
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 12 With one accord the tribe swung rapidly toward the frightened cries, and there found Terkoz holding an old female by the hair and beating her unmercifully with his great hands.
  2. (intransitive) To dance.
  3. (intransitive) To ride on a swing. The children laughed as they swung.
  4. (intransitive) To participate in the lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
  5. (intransitive) To hang from the gallows.
  6. (intransitive, cricket, of a ball) to move sideways in its trajectory.
  7. (intransitive) To fluctuate or change. It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
  8. (transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave. He swung his sword as hard as he could.
  9. (transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
  10. (transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially. If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
  11. (transitive, music) To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augment) and the second, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.
  12. (transitive, cricket) (of a bowler) to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
  13. (transitive and intransitive, boxing) To move one's arm in a punch motion.
  14. (transitive) In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms. "to swing one's partner", or simply "to swing"
  15. (transitive, engineering) To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe. The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
  16. (transitive, carpentry) To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
  17. (nautical) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor. A ship swings with the tide.
  • (to rotate about an off-centre fixed point) pivot, swivel
etymology 2 From the above verb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The manner in which something is swung. exampleHe worked tirelessly to improve his golf swing. exampleDoor swing indicates direction the door opens. examplethe swing of a pendulum
  2. A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.
  3. A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relax.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 12 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.”
  4. A dance style.
  5. (music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.
  6. The amount of change towards or away from something.
    1. (politics) In an election, the increase or decrease in the number of vote for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party. The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
  7. (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
  8. The diameter that a lathe can cut.
  9. In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
  10. A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
  11. Capacity of a turn lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  12. (obsolete) Free course; unrestrained liberty.
    • John Dryden Take thy swing.
    • Burke To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.
  • 1937 June 11, Judy Garland, “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm”, A day at the races, Sam Wood (director), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All God’s chillun got rhythm. All God's chillun got swing. Maybe haven't got money, maybe haven't got shoes. All God’s chillun got rhythm for to [sic.] push away their blues.
  • wings
swing by
verb: {{head}}
  1. (ambitransitive, informal) To pay a brief, informal visit. I'll swing by later if I can clock off early.
etymology 1 {{-er}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who swing.
    • 2009, Peter Handke, Krishna Winston, Crossing the Sierra de Gredos (page 438) And now that swing appears on a certain playground in the dusk, still swinging without the swinger, who has disappeared…
  2. A person who practices swinging (sex with different partners).
  3. A bet in which the bettor must correctly pick two runner to finish in any of the place in any order.
etymology 2 {{-er}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who swinge.
  2. (obsolete, slang) Anything very large, forcible, or astonishing. {{rfquotek}}
  • wingers
swinging {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act or motion of that which swings.
    • 1973, Socialist Review (volume 8, page 331) Mr. Henderson's chief trouble seems to be that he cannot forget his old shiftiness of views and his pendulum-like swingings between Liberalism and Independent Labourism…
  2. An activity where couples engage in sexual activity with different partner.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of swing
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Fine, good, successful. The party was swinging.
swingingly etymology swinging + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With a swing motion.
  2. (informal) Very well or with great success; splendidly. The party was slow to start, but by the end of the night it was going swingingly.
swingy etymology swing + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having a swing motion.
    • 2007, The Official Xbox Magazine: Issues 75-78 the swingy, shooty theatrics of Bionic Commando
    • 2011, Karen Karbo, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (page 169) Which is not to say that a long rope of pearls is the obvious solution—too long and too swingy and you risk looking like you're on your way to a costume party dressed as a flapper.
  2. (informal) Characteristic of swing music.
    • 1942, Billboard magazine a swingy rhythm and some swell guitar work
  3. (curling, of ice) Allowing stone to curl more than usual.
swipe etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To steal or snatch. Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
    • 1968, , 00:48:18: "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
  2. (transitive) To scan or register by sliding something through a reader. He swiped his card at the door.
  3. (intransitive) To grab or bat quickly. The cat swiped at the shoelace.
  4. (intransitive) To interact with a touch screen by drawing one's finger rapidly across it. Swipe left to hide the toolbar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  2. (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  3. (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag. Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  4. (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
  • wipes
swipper etymology From Old English swipor, geswipor, from Proto-Germanic *swipraz. See swoop.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect, slang) nimble; quick
{{Webster 1913}}
swish pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, colloquial) sophisticated; fashionable; smooth. This restaurant looks very swish — it even has linen tablecloths.
  2. Attractive, stylish
    • 2014, , "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian, 18 October 2014: The Saints, who started the day third in the table, went marching on thanks to their own swish play and some staggering defending by the visitors.
  3. effeminate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.
  2. A sound of liquid flowing inside a container.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4 There were four or five men in the vault already, and I could hear more coming down the passage, and guessed from their heavy footsteps that they were carrying burdens. There was a sound, too, of dumping kegs down on the ground, with a swish of liquor inside them, and then the noise of casks being moved.
  3. A movement of an animal's tail
  4. A twig or bundle of twigs, used for administering beatings; a switch
  5. (basketball) A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  6. An effeminate male homosexual.
related terms:
  • swoosh
  • whoosh
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a rustling sound while moving. The cane swishes.
  2. (transitive) To flourish with a swishing sound. to swish a cane back and forth {{rfquotek}}
  3. (transitive, slang, dated) To flog; to lash. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (basketball) To make a successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  5. (gay slang) To mince or otherwise to behave in an effeminate manner. I shall not swish; I'll merely act limp-wristed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, AAVE, slang) The wrapping paper of a cigar for use in making a blunt to smoke marijuana
    • Taylor Goetz, 169 Pages Of My Life, page 112 They were rolling up a grape swisher blunt and we were telling them how we just got out.
    Look Tanya there's a liquor store! They got swishers blood?
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of swish
  • wishers
Swiss-cheesed etymology Swiss cheese + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}} (also swiss-cheesed)
  1. (informal) Containing many hole, like Swiss cheese.
switch {{wikipedia}} etymology Perhaps from Middle Dutch swijch twig. First known use: c.1592 pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • {{enPR}}, /swɪtʃ/
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  1. A device to turn electric current on and off or direct its flow.
  2. A change.
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  3. (rail transport, US) A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point.
  4. A slender woody plant stem used as a whip; a thin, flexible rod, associated with corporal punishment in the United States.
    • 2007, Jeffrey W. Hamilton, Raising Godly Children in a Wicked World,, page 15: "A proper switch is a slim, flexible branch off a tree or a bush. A switch applied to the buttocks stings fiercely. It may leave red marks or bruises, but it causes no lasting damage.."
  5. (computer science) A command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior. Use the /b switch to specify black-and-white printing.
  6. (computing, programming) A programming construct that takes different actions depending on the value of an expression.
    • 2004, "Curt", Can I use IF statements, and still use switches? (on newsgroup microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields)
  7. (computing, networking) A networking device connecting multiple wires, allowing them to communicate simultaneously, when possible. Compare to the less efficient hub device that solely duplicates network packets to each wire.
  8. (telecommunication) A system of specialized relay, computer hardware, or other equipment which allows the interconnection of a calling party's telephone line with any called party's line.
  9. (BDSM) One who is willing to take either a sadistic or a masochistic role.
    • 2012, Terri-Jean Bedford, Bondage Bungalow Fantasies (page 99) Ideally, if one of your ladies happens to be a switch (or would be willing to switch for this scene), I would love to be able to inflict a little "revenge tickling" as well, as part of a scenario.
  10. A separate mass or tress of hair, or of some substance (such as jute) made to resemble hair, formerly worn on the head by women.
Synonyms: (section of railroad track) (UK) points, (whip) crop, (command-line notation) flag, option, specifier
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  1. (transitive) To exchange.
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    exampleI want to switch this red dress for a green one.
  2. (transitive) To change (something) to the specified state using a switch. exampleSwitch the light on.
  3. (transitive) To whip or hit with a switch.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, , They were looking on the ground, absorbed in thought. The manager was switching his leg with a slender twig: his sagacious relative lifted his head.
  4. (intransitive) To change place, task, etc. exampleI want to switch to a different seat.
  5. (slang, intransitive) To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged.
  6. To swing or whisk. to switch a cane
  7. To be swung or whisked. The angry cat's tail switched back and forth.
  8. To trim. to switch a hedge {{rfquotek}}
  9. To turn from one railway track to another; to transfer by a switch; generally with off, from, etc. to switch off a train; to switch a car from one track to another
  10. (ecclesiastical) To shift to another circuit.
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  1. (snowboarding) riding with the front and back feet swapped round compared to one's normal position. BBC Sport, [ "Sochi 2014: A jargon-busting guide to the halfpipe"], 11 February 2014
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switcheroo Alternative forms: switcharoo
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  1. (informal) A sneaky, unexpected, or clever swap or exchange.
    • 1951 April 30, "Business & Finance: Switcheroo," Time: In a corporate merger, it is usually the big company that buys a smaller one. Last week Boston's up & coming Tracerlab, Inc. pulled a switcheroo. Tracerlab, which grossed only $1,700,000 last year, bought the much bigger ($8,000,000 gross) Kelley-Koett Mfg. Co.
    • 1977 April 18, Don McGillivray, "Carter, true to form, pulls the ‘switcheroo’," Montreal Gazette (Canada), p. 22 (retrieved 27 July 2012): When you are dealing with American presidents, you always have to watch for the old switcheroo. Lyndon Johnson opposed Barry Goldwater's "extremism" on Vietnam, then proceeded to try to bomb Hanoi back into the stone age. Richard Nixon opposed price and wage controls, until he suddenly adopted them.
    • 2001 Dec. 21, , "On Stage and Off," New York Times (retrieved 27 July 2012): The Manhattan Theater Club has pulled a switcheroo, delaying a planned production of Gone Home, by John Corwin, and replacing it with Four, by the 26-year-old playwright Christopher Shinn.
  • Sometimes used in the expression "the old switcheroo".
switch-hitter {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: switch hitter
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  1. (baseball, cricket) A person who can bat either as a right-hander or a left-hander.
    • 1961, National Association of Basketball Coaches of the United States, American Football Coaches Association, Athletic Journal, Volume 46 Page 23 The average ball player can become an effective switch hitter only if he has switched hit from the time he commenced playing.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial, sexuality) A person who engages in sex with persons both male and female.
    • 1983, , States of Desire: Travels in Gay America, Page 218 I met this fat, balding, bisexual 'switch-hitter'— that was his word, 'switch-hitter'— and he was my first experience."
Synonyms: (person who bats right- and left-handed) ambidextrous hitter, (person who has sex with both males and females) bisexual
switchy etymology switch + y
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  1. (colloquial) Having a whisk motion. {{rfquotek}}
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