Swan definition

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Any of various large waterbirds of the genera Cygnus and Coscoroba of the family Anatidae, having webbed feet, a long slender neck, and usually white plumage.
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(Australian rules football) Someone connected with the Sydney Swans, as a fan, player, coach, etc.
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To travel around from place to place.
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To declare; swear. Used in the phrase I swan as an interjection.
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(brit., informal) To move slowly or majestically, with a calm, serene air.
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(dial.) To swear.
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Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus, most of which have white plumage.
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(figuratively) One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.
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(UK, intransitive) To travel or move about in an aimless, idle, or pretentiously casual way.
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(US, slang) To declare (chiefly in first-person present constructions).
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(soccer) Someone connected with Swansea City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach, etc.
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Any of several large-bodied, web-footed waterfowl (family Anatidae, esp. genus Cygnus) with a long, graceful neck and, typically, pure white feathers: swans are graceful swimmers and strong flyers.
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A person who resembles or is thought to resemble a swan in some way; sometimes, specif., a great poet or singer.
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the Swan
  • the constellation Cygnus
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swan
Plural:
swans

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Swan

Origin of swan

  • Probably alteration of dialectal (I) s' warrant (I) shall warrant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English swen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz. Cognate with West 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 (“melody, song") and swinsian (“to make melody").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from dialectal I s'wan, contraction of "I shall warrant"; later seen as a minced form of I swear.

    From Wiktionary