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

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Carmel's Kibler eager to launch college career Carmel's Drew Kibler, last year's male athlete of the year winner and this year's boy's swimmer of the year, won't have much time for games, on the other hand. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Romeo Langford shares prowess on 'Fortnite' and Mr. Football dishes on Kanye West," 14 May 2018 Boyd writes that an appellate judge hearing the case stopped taking notes and wrote a limerick about the cheeky swimmer: Who can surpass the snail darter? Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 Over the summer, a 61-year-old swimmer in Cape Cod faced down a shark attack. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Man Punches Shark (and Lives)," 31 Aug. 2018 The agency warns swimmers against trying to hold their breath for long periods of time underwater. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Georgia bachelor party guest drowns after trying to hold his breath under water at lake, police say," 7 Aug. 2018 And toxic algal blooms sickened swimmers in a handful of outbreaks. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "There might be poop in the water you’re swimming in so please don’t swallow it, CDC says," 29 June 2018 Nevada County Sheriff and Coroner Keith Royal cautioned swimmers to avoid the dangers of fast, moving water. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Yuba River rapids take another life near Highway 49," 27 June 2018 The beaches around Pensacola now have purple flags to alert swimmers about the underwater creatures, which leave itchy, irritated rashes with bumps and welts. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Department of Health Warns Beachgoers About Outbreak of Sea Lice in the Water," 27 June 2018 Malphurs encouraged swimmers to pay close attention to beach conditions, like colored flags that denote different ocean conditions. Amanda Watts, CNN, "More than 800 people were stung by jellyfish along Florida beaches in three days," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of swimmer

: a person who swims : a person who is swimming

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