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 It’s been five years since the Rio Games, when American Simone Manuel became the first Black female swimmer to win Olympic gold. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 Ledecky became the first female swimmer to capture six individual gold medals with her third straight Olympic title in the 800 free. Paul Newberry, chicagotribune.com, 31 July 2021 It’s been five years since the Rio Games, when American Simone Manuel became the first Black female swimmer to win Olympic gold. Time, 31 July 2021 Mackenzie Strong is a legally blind college swimmer and social media influencer who says that products must be accessible from a shopping standpoint. Chloé Toscano, Allure, 20 Apr. 2022 Nagy had been a competitive swimmer and a junior lifeguard in her youth. Keith Sharon, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 Burns and Capobianco were swimmer and diver of the championships for the second year in a row. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2022 Kendall Ware, a swimmer and graduate student at the University of Vermont, also felt confused and betrayed by her school’s Title IX process. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Johnson, a former competitive swimmer and law student, came on the fashion scene in the 1970s. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

21 Jun 2022

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“Swimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimmer. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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