Swoop Definition

swo͝op
swooped, swooping, swoops
verb
swooped, swooping, swoops
To descend suddenly and swiftly, as a bird in hunting; pounce or sweep (down or upon)
Webster's New World
To move in a sudden sweep.
The bird swooped down on its prey.
American Heritage
To make a rush or an attack with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down .
The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
American Heritage
To snatch or seize suddenly, with a sweeping movement.
Webster's New World
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.
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Antonyms:
ascend
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noun
swoops
The act of swooping or pouncing; sudden, violent descent.
Webster's New World
(music) Passing quickly from one note to the next.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Swoop

Noun

Singular:
swoop
Plural:
swoops

Origin of Swoop

  • Middle English swopen to sweep along from Old English swāpan to sweep, swing

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

  • From Middle English swopen, from Old English swāpan (“to sweep").

    From Wiktionary

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