- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (often disapproving) (of people, animals, etc.) to move around in a large group Tourists were swarming all over the island.
- 2(of bees and other flying insects) to move around together in a large group, looking for a place to live Word Origin Old English swearm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Schwarm, probably also to the base of Sanskrit svarati
BrE BrE//swɔːm//; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swarm
BrE BrE//swɔːm//; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrm//he / she / it swarms
BrE BrE//swɔːmz//; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmz//past simple swarmed
BrE BrE//swɔːmd//; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmd//past participle swarmed
BrE BrE//swɔːmd//; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmd//-ing form swarming
BrE BrE//ˈswɔːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɔːrmɪŋ//