- To swoop is to move or arc downward through the air rapidly, or to come in quickly and seize something, or to carry out an unexpected attack.
- When a bird arcs quickly down from the sky to catch a worm, the downward motion the bird does is an example of a time when the bird swoops.
- When you burst into a room to arrest a drug dealer, this is an example of a time when you swoop into the room.
swoop definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English swopen ; from Old English swapan, to sweep along, rush, akin to German schweifen, Old Norse sveipa: see swift
swoop definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb swooped, swoop·ing, swoops verb, intransitive
- To move in a sudden sweep: The bird swooped down on its prey.
- To make a rush or an attack with or as if with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down: The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
Origin: Middle English swopen, to sweep along, from Old English swāpan, to sweep, swing.