English dictionary


swab |swɑːb| — implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion

swabber |ˈswɑːbər| — One who swabs a floor or deck.

swaddle |ˈswɑːdl| — wrap in swaddling clothes

swaddling-clothes |ˈswɒdlɪŋ kləʊðz| — A garment, made of strips of cloth, used to bind an infant and restrict movement of its limbs

swag |swæɡ| — valuable goods

swage |sweɪdʒ| — a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging

swagger |ˈswæɡər| — an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work

swagger-stick |ˈswæɡəstɪk| — a short stick carried by a uniformed person as a symbol of authority

swaggerer |ˈswæɡərər| — someone who walks in an arrogant manner

Swahili |swəˈhiːlɪ| — the most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa

swain |sweɪn| — a man who is the lover of a man or woman

swale |sweɪl| — a low area (especially a marshy area between ridges)

swallow |ˈswɑːləʊ| — a small amount of liquid food

swallowing |ˈswɒləʊɪŋ| — Present participle of swallow.

swallowtail |ˈswɒləʊteɪl| — a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back

swam |swæm| — Simple past tense of swim.

swamp |swɑːmp| — low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

swamper |ˈswɑːmpər| — (US) A person who lives in a swampy area. [from 18th c.]

swampy |ˈswɑːmpɪ| — (of soil) soft and watery

swan |swɑːn| — stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

swan-shot |ˈswɒnʃɒt| — A large size of shot used in fowling.

swank |swæŋk| — elegance by virtue of being fashionable

swanky |ˈswæŋkɪ| — imposingly fashionable and elegant

swannery |ˈswɑːnəriː| — A place where swans are bred.

swanskin  — The skin of a swan with the down or feathers on.

swap |swɑːp| — an equal exchange

sward |swɔːrd| — surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots

swardy  — (archaic) Covered with sward or grass.

sware |swer| — (archaic) Simple past tense of swear.

swarf |swɔːrf| — the waste chips or shavings from metalworking or a saw cutting wood

swarm |swɔːrm| — a moving crowd

swart |ˈswɔːrt| — naturally having skin of a dark color

swarthy |ˈswɔːrðɪ| — naturally having skin of a dark color

swash |swɔːʃ| — the movement or sound of water

swashbuckler |ˈswɒʃbʌklər| — a reckless impetuous irresponsible person

swasher |ˈswɒʃə| — (obsolete) One who makes a blustering show of valor or force of arms.

swashing |ˈswɒʃɪŋ| — Present participle of swash.

swastika |ˈswɑːstɪkə| — the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction

swat |swɑːt| — a sharp blow

swatch |swɑːtʃ| — a sample piece of cloth

swath |ˈswɑːθ| — the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine

swathe |sweɪð| — an enveloping bandage

swatter |ˈswɑːtər| — an implement with a flat part (of mesh or plastic) and a long handle; used to kill insects

sway |sweɪ| — controlling influence

swaying |ˈsweɪɪŋ| — Present participle of sway.

swear |swer| — utter obscenities or profanities

swear in |ˈswer ɪn| — administer on oath to

swear off |ˈswer ˈɒf| — promise to abstain from

swear-word |swe(ə)r wərd| — A word considered taboo and impolite or offensive.

swearing |ˈswerɪŋ| — profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

swearword |ˈsweəwɜːd| — profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

sweat |swet| — salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

sweat-gland |ˈswetɡlænd| — (anatomy) An exocrine gland found under the skin in mammals for regulating body temperature.

sweat-shop |ˈswetʃɒp| — Alternative form of sweatshop.

sweatband |ˈswetbænd| — a band of fabric or leather sewn inside the crown of a hat

sweatbox  — small or narrow cell

sweated |ˈswetəd| — simple past tense and past participle of sweat

sweater |ˈswetər| — a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body

sweating |ˈswetɪŋ| — the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid

sweatshop |ˈswetʃɑːp| — factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry

sweaty |ˈswetɪ| — covered in sweat

swede |swiːd| — a native or inhabitant of Sweden

Swedish |ˈswiːdɪʃ| — a Scandinavian language that is the official language of Sweden and one of two official languages of Finland

sweeny |ˈswiːnɪ| — An atrophy of the muscles, especially of the shoulder, in horses.

sweep |swiːp| — a wide scope

sweep up |ˈswiːp ʌp| — force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

sweeper |ˈswiːpər| — an employee who sweeps (floors or streets etc.)

sweeping |ˈswiːpɪŋ| — the act of cleaning with a broom

sweepingly |ˈswiːpɪŋlɪ| — in a sweeping manner

sweepings |ˈswiːpɪŋz| — (uncountable) That which is swept up.

sweepstakes |ˈswiːpˌsteks| — a lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants

sweet |swiːt| — English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)

sweet-scented |swiːt ˈsentɪd| — having a natural fragrance

sweet-shop |ˈswiːtʃɒp| — Attributive form of sweet shop.

sweet-talk  — influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

sweet-tempered |ˈtempərd| — bonhomous

sweet-william |ˌswiːt ˈwɪljəm| — Alternative spelling of sweet william.

sweetbread |ˈswiːtbred| — edible glands of an animal

sweetbriar |ˈswiːtbraɪər| — Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips

sweetbrier |ˈswiːtbraɪər| — Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips

sweeten |ˈswiːtn| — make sweeter in taste

sweetened |ˈswiːtənd| — with sweetening added

sweetener |ˈswiːtnər| — something added to foods to make them taste sweeter

sweetening |ˈswiːtənɪŋ| — something added to foods to make them taste sweeter

sweetheart |ˈswiːthɑːrt| — a person loved by another person

sweetie |ˈswiːtɪ| — a person loved by another person

sweeting |ˈswiːtɪŋ| — (obsolete) A sweet apple.

sweetish |ˈswiːtɪʃ| — somewhat sweet

sweetly |ˈswiːtlɪ| — in an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly')

sweetmeat |ˈswiːtmiːt| — a sweetened delicacy (as a preserve or pastry)

sweetmeats |ˈswiːtmiːts| — plural form of sweetmeat

sweetness |ˈswiːtnəs| — the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth

sweetshop  — A shop selling confectionery, especially one that sells predominantly confectionery.

sweety |ˈswiːtɪ| — Alternative spelling of sweetie.

swell |swel| — the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea

swelldom |ˈsweldəm| — (dated, humorous) People of rank and fashion; the class of swells, collectively.

swelling |ˈswelɪŋ| — an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

swelter |ˈsweltər| — be uncomfortably hot

swept |swept| — possessing sweep

swerve |swɜːrv| — the act of turning aside suddenly

swift |swɪft| — United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)

swiftly |ˈswɪftlɪ| — in a swift manner

swiftness |ˈswɪftnəs| — a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens

swig |swɪɡ| — a large and hurried swallow

swill |swɪl| — wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk

swim |swɪm| — the act of swimming

swimmer |ˈswɪmər| — a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets

swimming |ˈswɪmɪŋ| — the act of swimming

swimming-pool |ˈswɪmɪŋ puːl| — An artificially constructed pool of water used for swimming.

swimmingly |ˈswɪmɪŋlɪ| — with no problems or difficulties

swimwear |ˈswɪmwer| — tight fitting garment worn for swimming

swindle |ˈswɪndl| — the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

swindler |ˈswɪndələr| — a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud

swindling |ˈswɪndəlɪŋ| — Present participle of swindle.

swine |swaɪn| — stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals

swineherd |ˈswaɪnhɜːrd| — a herder or swine

swinery |ˈswaɪnərɪ| — A piggery.

swing |swɪŋ| — a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

swing-door |ˈswɪŋdɔː| — A door that is opened by either pushing or pulling from either side (i.e. opens both ways) and is not normally capable of being locked.

swinge |swɪnj| — burn superficially or lightly

swingeing |ˈswɪndʒɪŋ| — severe; punishingly bad

swinger |ˈswɪŋər| — someone who swings sports implements

swinging |ˈswɪŋɪŋ| — changing location by moving back and forth

swingle |ˈswɪŋɡəl| — to beat or flog, especially for extracting the fibres from flax stalks; to scutch

swingletree |ˈswɪŋɡ(ə)ltriː| — a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling

swinish |ˈswaɪnɪʃ| — ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

swipe |swaɪp| — a sweeping stroke or blow

swipes |ˈswaɪps| — third-person singular simple present indicative form of swipe

swirl |swɜːrl| — the shape of something rotating rapidly

swirling |ˈswɜːlɪŋ| — that swirls

swish |swɪʃ| — a brushing or rustling sound

Swiss |swɪs| — the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland

switch |swɪtʃ| — control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit

switch off |ˈswɪtʃ ˈɒf| — cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch

switch on |ˈswɪtʃ ɑːn| — cause to operate by flipping a switch

switch over |ˈswɪtʃ ˈəʊvər| — change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

switchback |ˈswɪtʃbæk| — A zigzag path, road or railway track; especially a railway track in which the train travels in a reverse direction at each switch

switchboard |ˈswɪtʃbɔːrd| — telephone central where circuits are completed with patchcords

switched |ˈswɪtʃt| — simple past tense and past participle of switch

switched-on  — simple past tense and past participle of switch on

switching |ˈswɪtʃɪŋ| — the act of changing one thing or position for another

switching-on  — Present participle of switch on.

switchman |ˈswɪtʃmən| — a man who operates railroad switches

switchover |ˈswɪtʃəʊvər| — A complete change or switch from one state, system or course of action to another

switchyard |ˈswɪtʃˌjɑːrd| — Part of a railway with an arrangement of switches (points) allowing trains to be diverted and reassembled.

swivel |ˈswɪvl| — a coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin

swiz |swɪz| — British slang for a swindle

swizzle |ˈswɪzəl| — any of various tall frothy mixed drinks made usually of rum and lime juice and sugar shaken with ice

swob |swɑːb| — cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors

swollen |ˈswəʊlən| — characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

swoon |swuːn| — a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

swoop |swuːp| — (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

swop |swɑːp| — an equal exchange

sword |sɔːrd| — a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

sword-arm |ˈsɔːdɑːm| — (fencing) The arm in which one's sword is normally held.

sword-bearer |ˈberər| — Alternative spelling of swordbearer.

sword-cut |ˈsɔːrd kʌt| — a scar from a cut made by a sword

sword-knot |ˈsɔːdnɒt| — A type of ribbon attached to the hilt of a sword, originally as a way of fastening it to the wrist, but later chiefly as an ornament.

swordbelt  — A belt with an attachment for the sword, used to carry it when not in use.

swordcraft  — Knowledge of or skill in the use of the sword or swordplay.

swordfish |ˈsɔːrdfɪʃ| — flesh of swordfish usually served as steaks

swordplay |ˈsɔːrdpleɪ| — the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

swordsman |ˈsɔːrdzmən| — someone skilled at fencing

swordsmanship |ˈsɔːrdzmənʃɪp| — skill in fencing

swordstick |ˈsɔːrdstɪk| — A cane incorporating a concealed blade.

swore |swɔːr| — Simple past tense of swear.

sworn |swɔːrn| — bound by or as if by an oath

swot |swɑːt| — an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious

swum |swʌm| — Past participle of swim

swung |swʌŋ| — Simple past tense and past participle of swing.

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