swim·​mer | \ ˈswi-mər How to pronounce swimmer (audio) \
plural swimmers

Definition of swimmer

: a person or animal that swims a competitive swimmer a fast/strong swimmer … he liked to tell us that he had been a powerful swimmer in his youth, but I never saw him in actual water save once, and he then came out very promptly, shivering and upset.— H. L. Mencken a dog that is an excellent swimmer

Examples of swimmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of his training as a rescue swimmer had been in swimming pools. New York Times, "Overtaken by Frigid Seas, Hours From Help, There Was Little Chance of Survival," 9 Jan. 2020 This year, both girls will be big enough, brave enough, and good enough swimmers to be able to zoom down those water slides for hours and hours. Liz Krieger, Good Housekeeping, "My Family Vacations in the Same Spot Over and Over, and All Parents Should Do the Same," 2 Jan. 2020 White said the swimmer is an adult male and was swimming with a friend. oregonlive.com, "Crews searching for missing swimmer at Rooster Rock State Park," 19 Aug. 2019 All swimmers are out of the water and the incident is resolved. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Adams County emergency crews recover body found in South Platte River," 8 Aug. 2019 Not since the 1970s had two swimmers out of IU been on the same foursome winning gold in a major championship. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "IU's new golden age of swimming: Two Hoosiers help USA win relay at FINA World Championships," 21 July 2019 Thus, sick swimmers are the main source of infection—often young children who have yet to master toilet skills and also have more of a tendency to gulp pool water. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hard-to-kill poop parasites that lurk in swimming pools on the rise, CDC warns," 1 July 2019 But, as all open-water movies prove, where young swimmers are, sharks can't be far behind. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "These Terrifying Movies Will Ruin Your Beach Vacation," 15 June 2019 South Belt’s Tiffany Tran was second at 1:17.93 and Seals swimmer Serenity Master was third at 1:29.41, just over the cutoff time. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Seals swimmers begin clinching trips to Champ Meet after strong season opener," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Swimmer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimmer. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swimmer

: a person who swims : a person who is swimming

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