- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a bird or plane) to fly quickly and suddenly downwards, especially in order to attack somebody/something synonym dive The aircraft swooped down over the buildings. A hawk swooped low over the field.
- 2[intransitive] swoop (on somebody/something) (especially of police or soldiers) to visit or attack somebody/something suddenly and without warning Officers swooped on the vehicles as they left the ferry. Customs officers swooped on several houses last night looking for drugs. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘sweep along in a stately manner’): perhaps a dialect variant of Old English swāpan, of Germanic origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘a blow, stroke’.
BrE BrE//swuːp//; NAmE NAmE//swuːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swoop
BrE BrE//swuːp//; NAmE NAmE//swuːp//he / she / it swoops
BrE BrE//swuːps//; NAmE NAmE//swuːps//past simple swooped
BrE BrE//swuːpt//; NAmE NAmE//swuːpt//past participle swooped
BrE BrE//swuːpt//; NAmE NAmE//swuːpt//-ing form swooping
BrE BrE//ˈswuːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswuːpɪŋ//