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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈswɪmɪŋli/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈswɪmɪŋli/, /-ɡli/
- Hyphenation: swim‧ming‧ly
- With a gliding motion suggesting swimming.
- 1719, T[homas] d’Urfey, “A Song”, in Wit and Mirthː Or Pills to Purge Melancholy; being a Collection of the Best Merry Ballads and Songs, Old and New. […], volume II, London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J[acob] Tonson, […], OCLC 227526743, page 171:
- Bear your Hips ſwimmingly, tholl loll, loll, / Keep your Eyes languiſhing, tholl loll, loll, […]
- 1734, “Chapter LXXIX. Intituled, Those Who Tear forth; Revealed at Mecca.”, in George Sale, transl., The Koran, Commonly Called The Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated into English Immediately from the Original Arabic; […], London: […] C. Ackers […], for J. Wilcox […], OCLC 1103169479, page 479:
- By the angels who tear forth the ſouls of ſome with violence; and by thoſe who draw forth the ſouls of others with gentleneſs; by thoſe who glide ſwimmingly through the air with the commands of God; […] : on a certain day, the diſturbing blaſt of the trumpet ſhall diſturb the univerſe; and the ſubſequent blaſt ſhall follow it.
- 1807, Horatius [pseudonym; Horace Twiss], St. Stephen’s Chapel: A Satirical Poem, London: Printed for James Ridgway, […], by J. B. Bell, […], OCLC 33216471, footnote, pages 15–16:
- The memorable exploit of the noble Secretary in rescuing his friend's dog from merciless winds and waters, deserves to be recorded in letters of gold— […] [W]hen, shortly afterwards, he jumped into the water for this heroic purpose, it was said, that a person who went on so swimmingly, could never get Down, even in the water.
- 1833, Henry Harrison, “Miniature-painting”, in Instructions for the Mixture of Water-colours, Adapted to the Various Styles of Miniature Painting; and also to Landscape, Flower, and Fruit Painting. […], 3rd edition, London: J. Souter, […], OCLC 44424200, pages 8–9:
- After drawing a correct outline, wash a little "indigo" or "ultramarine" faintly and swimmingly upon the forehead, between the eyes and corners of the mouth;— […]
- (figuratively, informal) In a very favourable manner; without difficulty; agreeably, successfully.
- 1712 June 11, Jonathan Swift; Thomas Sheridan, compiler, “[Dr. Swift’s Journal to Stella.] Letter XLVII. London, May 31, 1712 [Julian calendar].”, in The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin. […] in Nineteen Volumes, volume XV, new edition, London: Printed for J[oseph] Johnson, [et al.], published 1801, OCLC 978179887, page 305:
- The secretary would not go so far to satisfy the whigs in the house of commons; but there all went swimmingly.
- 1809, Diedrich Knickerbocker [pseudonym; Washington Irving], chapter III, in A History of New York, from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty. […], volume II, New York, N.Y.: Inskeep & Bradford, […], OCLC 426050984, book V, page 24:
- [T]he negociation goes on swimmingly—inasmuch as there is no prospect of its ever coming to a close. Nothing is lost by these delays and obstacles but time; and in a negociation, according to the theory I have exposed, all time lost, is in reality so much time gained—with what delightful paradoxes, does the modern arcana of political economy abound!
- 1847 October 16, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter IX, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. […], volume I, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], OCLC 3163777, page 141:
- She had a turn for narrative, I for analysis; she liked to inform, I to question; so we got on swimmingly together, deriving much entertainment, if not much improvement, from our mutual intercourse.
- 1917, Christopher Morley, chapter 12, in Parnassus on Wheels, New York, N.Y.: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, OCLC 491060886, pages 153–154:
- [A]t any rate I got along swimmingly. The travelling men, after a moment or two of embarrassed diffidence, treated me quite as one of themselves and asked me about my "line" with interest.
in a very favourable manner