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Definition of swan verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

swan

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//swɒn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swan
BrE BrE//swɒn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːn//
 
he / she / it swans
BrE BrE//swɒnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːnz//
 
past simple swanned
BrE BrE//swɒnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːnd//
 
past participle swanned
BrE BrE//swɒnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːnd//
 
-ing form swanning
BrE BrE//ˈswɒnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːnɪŋ//
 
 
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(swanning, swanned) [intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal, disapproving) to go around enjoying yourself in a way that annoys other people or makes them jealous They've gone swanning off to Paris for the weekend. They’re always swanning off to Paris for shopping trips. Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaan and German Schwan. The current sense of the verb originated as military slang, referring to the free movement of armoured vehicles.
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