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[swin-jing] /ˈswɪn dʒɪŋ/
adjective, Chiefly British
enormous; thumping.
Slang. swinging (def 3).
Origin of swingeing
1560-70; swinge1 + -ing2
Related forms
swingeingly, adverb


[swinj] /swɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), swinged, swingeing. British Dialect
to thrash; punish.
1250-1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
Related forms
[swin-jer] /ˈswɪn dʒər/ (Show IPA),


[swinj] /swɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), swinged, swingeing.
to singe.
1580-90; obscurely akin to singe Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for swingeing
Historical Examples
  • He would have liked to leave the banqueting hall at once with a swingeing curse.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • For they live in a swingeing wine-press, fifty steps up to it.

  • Look here: if I write you a swingeing medical certificate, will you apply for leave on the spot?'

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • O that I could see a swingeing mullet extended on a swingeing dish!

  • Nor were his thoughts in line with the swingeing sentences he had just been writing in the exercise-book.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • A swingeing St. Christopher, fording a brook with a child on his shoulders, cannot fail of attracting attention.

  • And presently he was reading aloud from the letter in the "Post," reading retributively; one swingeing phrase after another.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • A swingeing cold in the head thro' running about on the night of the raid.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • I 'd have 'coined my blood,' as the fellow says in the play, and written a swingeing check with red ink!

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I gave him a swingeing box on the ear, which sent him to the police, who dismissed his complaint.

British Dictionary definitions for swingeing


(mainly Brit) punishing; severe


verb swinges, swingeing, swinging, swinged
(transitive) (archaic) to beat, flog, or punish
Word Origin
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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