Simple Definition of swerve
: to change direction suddenly especially to avoid hitting someone or something
Full Definition of swerve
: to turn aside abruptly from a straight line or course : deviate
: to cause to turn aside or deviate
Examples of swerve
He lost control of the car and swerved toward a tree.
<the car swerved sharply to avoid the squirrel in the road>
Origin of swerve
Middle English, from Old English sweorfan to wipe, file away; akin to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Welsh chwerfu to whirl
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of swerve
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