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 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 When the 72-year-old noticed two bouncers removing a female fan from HBF Park Stadium in Perth, John immediately reacted with swear words and a rant for both of the security guards. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Elton John reportedly berates security guards for removing fan from his Australia show," 4 Dec. 2019 Roger unloads a string of swear words each November as my ever burgeoning surplus is lowered from the rafters. azcentral, "Inside the Peoria home of an extreme holiday decorator. Take a look," 28 Nov. 2019 Splinter had such a deal with Yahoo—until, after Yahoo repeatedly complained about headlines containing swear words, the portal ended the arrangement. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Death of the Rude Press," 7 Nov. 2019 That means leveraging Microsoft's existing efforts in speech-to-text machine-learning algorithms to automatically filter out swear words that might come up in an Xbox Live party chat. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft wants to use AI to bleep out bad words in Xbox Live party chat," 14 Oct. 2019 Blurring out cigarettes or bleeping swear words are not the only issues for critics of the new regulations such as Faruk Bildirici, one of two opposition party representatives on the RTUK. Umar Farooq, Los Angeles Times, "Turkey extends censorship rules to streaming services. Critics say political dissent is the real target," 21 Aug. 2019

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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