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 One swimmer returned home to India, a global hotspot. Giana Han, al, "2020: A strange season for every sport," 31 Dec. 2020 In January 2018, Kolb was a senior engineering director at the online survey company SurveyMonkey and an avid athlete — a member of the national ultimate Frisbee team, and a skier, swimmer and tennis player. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Placer County pays $9.9 million to medically compromised man shot twice by deputy," 1 Dec. 2020 The harvester six pack includes two active drakes (heads up), two swimmer drakes, and two active hens. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Waterfowl Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide," 16 Nov. 2020 My dad, a longtime distance swimmer and runner, had given me some advice the night before. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Marina Gomberg: This moment calls for grit, but sorry, we feel fresh out," 30 Oct. 2020 At least one Titanic swimmer died after being rescued. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Escape a Sinking Ship (Like, Say, the Titanic)," 30 Oct. 2020 New Caney’s Derrick Harris is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound two-time all-state linebacker who also was a competitive swimmer. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "5-star Ja’Tavion Sanders headlines Texas’ 2021 signing class," 16 Dec. 2020 Expected to be one of the top stars at next summer's Tokyo Olympics, Dressel became the first swimmer to eclipse 48 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, touching with a time of 47.78. CBS News, "U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel breaks two world records in 40 minutes," 23 Nov. 2020 Authorities are searching for a missing swimmer in the Daytona Beach area, according to the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Lynnette Cantos, orlandosentinel.com, "Authorities in search of missing swimmer in Volusia County," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of swimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“Swimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swimmer. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swimmer

: a person who swims : a person who is swimming

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