swear word

\ ˈswer-ˌwərd How to pronounce swear word (audio) \
variants: or less commonly swearword

Definition of swear word

: a profane or obscene oath or word

Examples of swear word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It could be reduced to a flurry of shock tweets—a slap here, a swear word there, and a bonus shot of the silliest garment on display. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Marlys Davidson, the Los Alamitos Unified school board president, can be heard uttering a swear word into the mic after Roupoli finished speaking. Naomi Ludlow, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Indeed, the characters use every conceivable swear word in English—and a few in French—to vivisect each other with almost Shakespearean invective (if Shakespeare had been drunk, Canadian, and a survivor of several concussive jet-ski accidents). Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, 24 July 2020 Clearly, Lue was exasperated, even toward the end, with one of his last words before exiting a swear word. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2021 Whether rising to consult a dictionary, delivering a full-throated rendering of the all-star swear word, or simply sending up the mock seriousness of the enterprise with wry humor, Cage’s appearances are genuine highlights. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2021 Rocky Lombardi’s four-letter swear word slip-up during his postgame interview was understandable. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 1 Nov. 2020 One will include broadcasting games on a seven-second delay in case microphones pick up an errant swear word. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 Williams then let out a swear word and apologized to reporters. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of swear word

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Swear word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swear%20word. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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