swanlike

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Etymology[edit]

From swan +‎ -like.

Adjective[edit]

swanlike (comparative more swanlike, superlative most swanlike)

  1. Similar to a swan or a characteristic of it, especially in elegance or grace
    a swanlike curve
    swanlike beauty
  2. (figuratively) Beautiful like a swan

Quotations[edit]

  • 1886, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Act III, translated by John Anster, p. 174
    Ah ! That to us it may not also be,
    Instead of promised rescue,
    Augury but of Ruin,
    -To us, to us, the swanlike [transl. Schwangleichen],
    With long white necks, beautiful as the swan !-
    Ruin to Us and Her, our Queen and Mistress,
    The Daughter of the Swan !

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Adverb[edit]

swanlike (not comparable)

  1. In a swanlike way
  2. (figuratively) Beautifully like a swan

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