swear word

noun
\ 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 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, "Defenseless Clippers get blown out in the Big Easy," 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, "Nicolas Cage brings comic gravitas to Netflix’s silly ‘History of Swear Words’ (review)," 6 Jan. 2021 Rocky Lombardi’s four-letter swear word slip-up during his postgame interview was understandable. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "This is how Michigan State football dominated Michigan Wolverines from start to finish," 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, "Altitude Sports’ Nuggets broadcasts to feature walkoff interviews, other creative elements," 17 July 2020 Williams then let out a swear word and apologized to reporters. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "North Carolina coach Roy Williams lets curse word slip, vents after another crushing last-second loss," 19 Feb. 2020 Yet as the novel coronavirus continues to redefine life, everyone in the print industry may be reaching soon for same swear word. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit newspapers feel economic pressures of coronavirus at time they're needed most," 25 Mar. 2020 For $60, the Cuss Collar, which fastens around a dog's neck, will spit out a swear word every time your dog barks. Alicia Lee, CNN, "You can now buy a dog collar that will swear every time your dog barks," 16 Feb. 2020 The survey found that 65 percent of parents periodically allow too much screen time, 42 percent accidentally teach their kids swear words, and 39 percent of parents allow their kids to watch something age-inappropriate. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 1/13 -1/17," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of swear word

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swear word was in 1833

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27 Mar 2021

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“Swear word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swear%20word. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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