- To swerve is to change directions suddenly or to cause to change directions suddenly.
When a deer runs in front of your car and you rapidly turn the wheel to avoid hitting it, this is an example of when youswerve the car and an example of when the car swerves.
Origin: Middle English swerven from Old English sweorfan, to file away, scour from Indo-European base an unverified form swerbh-, to turn, wipe, sweep from source Glassical Greek syrphetos, sweepings, litter
- swerver noun
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tr. & intr.v. swerved swerved, swerv·ing, swerves
Origin: Middle English swerven, from Old English sweorfan, to rub, scour.