swinging

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Etymology 1[edit]

The sexual practice is so called after the custom in swing dancing of changing partners after each dance, unlike traditional ballroom dance styles where one has a single partner.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

swinging (countable and uncountable, plural swingings)

  1. The act or motion of that which swings.
    • 1973, Socialist Review (volume 8, page 331)
      Mr. Henderson's chief trouble seems to be that he cannot forget his old shiftiness of views and his pendulum-like swingings between Liberalism and Independent Labourism []
  2. An activity where couples engage in sexual activity with different partners.
Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

swinging

  1. present participle of swing

Adjective[edit]

swinging (comparative more swinging or swinginger, superlative most swinging or swingingest)

  1. (informal) Fine, good, successful.
    The party was swinging.
  2. Sexually promiscuous.
    • 2003 February 23, Bob Goldman, “Welcome To Splitsville”, in Florida Today[1]:
      Hey, everyone fantasizes about what kind of swinging stud or studette they could be if they were only free from the shackles of domesticity.

Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

swinging (comparative more swinging, superlative most swinging)

  1. Alternative form of swingeing