- 1 [countable] a swinging movement or rhythm He took a wild swing at the ball. the swing of her hips of opinion/mood
- 2 [countable] a change from one opinion or situation to another; the amount by which something changes He is liable to abrupt mood swings (= for example from being very happy to being very sad). Voting showed a 10% swing to Labour. There are indications of a swing towards nuclear power. hanging seat
- 3 [countable] a seat for swinging on, hung from above on ropes or chains The kids were playing on the swings. See related entries: In the garden in golf
- 4[singular] the swinging movement you make with your arms and body when you hit the ball in the game of golf I need to work on my swing. See related entries: Golf music
- 5 [uncountable] a type of jazz with a smooth rhythm, played especially by big dance bands in the 1930s journey
- 6[singular] (North American English) a quick journey, especially one made by a politician, in which somebody visits several different places in a short time a three-day campaign swing through California Word Origin Old English swingan ‘to beat, whip’, also ‘rush’, geswing ‘a stroke with a weapon’, of Germanic origin; related to German schwingen
- 1(of a party or an activity) to be lively and enjoyable She made the whole party go with a swing.
- 2(of music) to have a strong rhythm