swan

noun
\ ˈswän How to pronounce swan (audio) \
plural swans

Definition of swan

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 plural also swan : any of various large heavy-bodied long-necked mostly pure white aquatic birds (family Anatidae, especially genus Cygnus) that have webbed feet and are related to but larger than the geese
2 : one that resembles or is likened to a swan
3 capitalized : the constellation Cygnus

swan

verb (1)
swanned; swanning

Definition of swan (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to wander aimlessly or idly : dally

swan

verb (2)
swanned; swanning

Definition of swan (Entry 3 of 3)

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Noun

swan 1

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of swan

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1942, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swan

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German swan and perhaps to Latin sonus sound — more at sound entry 1

Verb (2)

perhaps euphemism for swear

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“Swan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swan. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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swan

noun
\ ˈswän How to pronounce swan (audio) \

Kids Definition of swan

: a usually white waterbird that has a long neck and large body and is related to but larger than the goose

Swan geographical name

\ ˈswän How to pronounce Swan (audio) \
variants: or in its upper course Avon \ ˈa-​vən How to pronounce Swan (audio) \

Definition of Swan

river about 240 miles (386 kilometers) long in southwestern Western Australia flowing west into the Indian Ocean

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