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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Structural currents form along piers and can sweep a swimmer into deeper water. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Dangerous swimming conditions expected along Lake Michigan today," 11 July 2019 Zimmerman was shooting swimmers from all over the nation. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "She was 15, a swimmer at Broad Ripple High, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated," 10 July 2019 These fears were underscored when white teenagers attacked black swimmers after activists or city officials opened public pools to blacks. Victoria W. Wolcott, The Conversation, "The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks," 9 July 2019 In addition, lifeguards are warning swimmers about an influx of stingrays along the shore. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "Beachgoers beware: 4th of July to bring dangerous rip currents, threat of stingrays," 3 July 2019 The amenity-rich building is meant to keep swimmers comfortable in other ways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Beach Plunge pool reopens after 5 years and $12M in fixes," 3 July 2019 Shark nets are designed to catch large sharks that could attack swimmers. David Williams, CNN, "A humpback whale was freed from shark net in a daring rescue," 28 June 2019 Teams will pay swimmers out of $150,000 per team total salary with extra prize money based offered based on performance. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Ledecky, Coughlin among headliners in new International Swimming League," 11 June 2019 Sea lions chase and bite swimmers and have pulled people off boats and docks. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swimmer was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of swimmer

: a person who swims : a person who is swimming

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