swing·​ing | \ ˈswiŋ-iŋ How to pronounce swinging (audio) \

Definition of swinging

: being lively, exciting, and fashionable also : abounding in swingers and swinging entertainment a swinging coffeehouse

Examples of swinging in a Sentence

This music is really swinging.
Recent Examples on the Web The butcher, if there is one, hides back of a swinging door and leaves you all alone with your cellophaned hamburger. Celestine Sibley, ajc, 30 Nov. 2021 Sale breezed through the first inning, 1-2-3, getting Michael Brantley on a swinging third strike and throwing only nine pitches. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021 All four labels are widely consumed behind the swinging doors of Main Street’s cowboy bars, but also available nationwide. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Holly Rowe sat in a doctor’s office five years ago and heard the news that hit her like a swinging 36-ounce Marucci. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 One came from a swinging bunt (fifth inning) and another came from a successful squeeze bunt (sixth inning). Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 18 Sep. 2021 Leury García hit a swinging bunt between the mound and plate. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 25 July 2021 Posey got hits in his first three at-bats, the first of which was a swinging bunt that got the Giants on the board. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Hosmer went down on six pitches, retired on a swinging strike. CBS News, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of swinging

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swinging

present participle of swing entry 1

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The first known use of swinging was in 1956

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Dictionary Entries Near swinging

swing hand


swinging bar

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Last Updated

18 Dec 2021

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“Swinging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swinging. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of swinging

: lively or exciting


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