- that swings
- done with a swing
- ☆ Slang lively, sophisticated, ultra-fashionable, etc.
- Slang engaging in casual or group sexual relations
- Spirited; up-to-date.
- Attracting a lively, trendy crowd: a swinging nightclub.
- a. Sexually promiscuous.b. Practicing exchange of partners, especially spouses, for sex.
- Present participle of swing.
(comparative more swinging, superlative most swinging)
- (informal) Fine, good, successful.
- The party was swinging.
Variant of swing
intransitive verbswung, swinging
- to sway or move backward and forward with regular movement, as a freely hanging object or a ship at anchor; oscillate
- to walk, trot, etc. with freely swaying, relaxed movements of the limbs
- to deliver or aim a blow; strike (at)
- to turn or pivot, as on a hinge or swivel: the door swung open
- to move in a curve, esp. in order to go around something: the driver swung around the stalled car
- to hang; be suspended
- Informal to be put to death by hanging
- to move backward and forward on a swing ()
- ☆ to have an exciting rhythmic quality: music that really swings
- ☆ Slang to be ultra-fashionable, sophisticated, active, etc., esp. in the pursuit of pleasure
- to engage in casual sexual relations, esp. in an open, deliberate way
- to exchange partners with other couples and engage in sexual activity: said esp. of married couples
Origin of swingMiddle English swingen ; from Old English swingan, akin to German schwingen, to brandish ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sweng-, to curve, swing
- to move or wave (a weapon, tool, bat, etc.) with a sweeping motion; flourish; brandish
- to lift or hoist with a sweeping motion
- to cause (a hanging object) to sway backward and forward; specif., to cause (a person on a swing) to move backward and forward by pushing or pulling the swing
- to cause to turn or pivot, as on a hinge or swivel: to swing a door open
- to cause to hang freely, so as to be capable of easy movement: to swing a hammock
- to cause to move in a curve: to swing a car around a corner
- to move (a ship or aircraft) through the points of the compass in order to check compass error
- ☆ Informal to cause to come about successfully; manage with the desired results: to swing an election
- ☆ to play (music) in the style of swing
- the act or process of swinging
- the arc, or the length of the arc, through which something swings: the swing of a pendulum
- the manner of swinging; specif., the manner of striking with a golf club, baseball bat, the arm, etc.
- freedom to do as one wishes or is naturally inclined: given full swing in the matter
- a free, relaxed motion, as in walking
- a sweeping blow or stroke
- the course, development, or movement of some activity, business, etc.
- the power, or force, behind something swung or thrown; impetus
- rhythm, as of poetry or music
- a device, as a seat hanging from ropes or chains, on which one can sit and swing backward and forward as a form of amusement
- a trip or tour: a swing around the country
- ☆ a style of jazz, esp. in its development from about 1935 to 1945, characterized by the use of large bands, fast tempos, and written arrangements for ensemble playing
- ☆ Business, Informal regular upward and downward change in the price of stocks or in some other business activity
- of, in, or playing swing (music)
- having or likely to have decisive power, as in determining the result of an election: the swing vote
in full swing
- in complete and active operation
- going on without reserve or restraint