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swimmer (ˈswɪmə) 



  1. a person who swims, esp for sport or pleasure   ⇒ She's a good swimmer.
  2. a person who is swimming   ⇒ There was only a handful of other swimmers.

swim (swɪm Pronunciation for swim



Word forms:  swims,  swimming,  swam,  swum
  1. (intransitive) to move along in water, etc, by means of movements of the body or parts of the body, esp the arms and legs, or (in the case of fish) tail and fins
  2. (transitive) to cover (a distance or stretch of water) in this way
  3. (transitive) to compete in (a race) in this way
  4. (intransitive) to be supported by and on a liquid; float
  5. (transitive) to use (a particular stroke) in swimming
  6. (intransitive) to move smoothly, usually through air or over a surface
  7. (intransitive) to reel or seem to reel   ⇒ my head swam, the room swam around me
  8. (intransitive; often followed by in or with) to be covered or flooded with water or other liquid
  9. (intransitive) often foll by in to be liberally supplied (with)   ⇒ he's swimming in money
  10. (transitive) to cause to float or swim
  11. (transitive) to provide (something) with water deep enough to float in
  12. See swim against the tide

  13. See swim with the tide


  1. the act, an instance, or period of swimming
  2. any graceful gliding motion
  3. a condition of dizziness; swoon
  4. a pool in a river good for fishing
  5. See in the swim

Derived Forms

ˈswimmable adjective
ˈswimmer noun
ˈswimming noun, adjective

Word Origin

Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle

Translations for 'swimmer'

  • British English: swimmerPronunciation for swimmer A swimmer is a person who swims, especially for sport or pleasure, or a person who is swimming.I'm a good swimmer.ˈswɪmə NOUN
  • Arabic: سَابِحPronunciation for سَابِح
  • Brazilian Portuguese: nadadorPronunciation for nadador nadadora
  • Chinese: 游泳者Pronunciation for 游泳者
  • Croatian: plivačPronunciation for plivač
  • Czech: plavecPronunciation for plavec plavkyně
  • Danish: svømmerPronunciation for svømmer
  • Dutch: zwemmerPronunciation for zwemmer
  • European Spanish: nadadorPronunciation for nadador nadadora
  • Finnish: uimariPronunciation for uimari
  • French: nageurPronunciation for nageur
  • German: SchwimmerPronunciation for Schwimmer Schwimmerin
  • Greek: κολυμβητήςPronunciation for κολυμβητής κολυμβήτρια
  • Italian: nuotatorePronunciation for nuotatore nuotatrice
  • Japanese: 泳ぐ人Pronunciation for 泳ぐ人
  • Korean: 수영하는 사람Pronunciation for 수영하는 사람
  • Norwegian: svømmerPronunciation for svømmer
  • Polish: pływakPronunciation for pływak pływaczka
  • Portuguese: nadadorPronunciation for nadador nadadora
  • Romanian: înotător înotătoare, înotători, înotătoare
  • Russian: пловецPronunciation for пловец
  • Spanish: nadadorPronunciation for nadador nadadora
  • Swedish: simmarePronunciation for simmare
  • Thai: นักว่ายน้ำPronunciation for นักว่ายน้ำ
  • Turkish: yüzücüPronunciation for yüzücü
  • Ukrainian: плавець
  • Vietnamese: người bơiPronunciation for người bơi

Example Sentences Including 'swimmer'

"I'm looking at breaking four hours," Chin, a swimmer at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, said.
Toronto Sun (2003)
And afterwards she was caught up in despair, hers the panicked sensations of a swimmer swept far beyond her depth.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons
But none of these athletes can hope to take home as much as 19-year-old swimmer Richa Mishra.
India Today (2002)
He was bending towards the lake now, helping another swimmer , one she hadn't seen, ashore.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
Kolchinsky pressed a button on the panel in front of him, releasing the swimmer delivery vehicle from the crane.
MacNeill, Alistair Alastair McLean's 'Night Watch'
Two days later, on a muggy Wednesday, a lone swimmer was in evidence at the "clothing optional" beach at Hanlon's Point.
Globe and Mail (2003)
With his first shot, Nikoo wounded the swimmer in the head.
Edward Beauclerk Maurice THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)


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