sweep·​back ˈswēp-ˌbak How to pronounce sweepback (audio)
: the backward slant of an airplane wing in which the outer portion of the wing is downstream from the inner portion

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweepback was in 1914

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“Sweepback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweepback. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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