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EnglishEdit

 
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A swan.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English swan, from Old English swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz. Cognate with West Frisian swan, Low German Swaan, swan, Dutch zwaan, German Schwan, Norwegian svane, Swedish svan, probably literally “the singing bird”, from a Proto-Indo-European *swon-/*swen- (to sing, make sound). Related to Old English geswin (melody, song) and swinsian (to make melody). Compare Latin sonus (sound) and Russian звон (zvon, ringing) and звук (zvuk, sound).

NounEdit

swan (plural swans or swan)

  1. Any of various species of large, long-necked waterfowl, of genus Cygnus (bird family: Anatidae), most of which have white plumage.
  2. (figuratively) One whose grace etc. suggests a swan.
  3. (heraldry) This bird used as a heraldic charge, sometimes with a crown around its neck (e. g. the arms of Buckinghamshire).
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VerbEdit

swan (third-person singular simple present swans, present participle swanning, simple past and past participle swanned)

  1. (Britain, intransitive) To travel or move about in an aimless, idle, or pretentiously casual way.
    • 2010, Lee Rourke, The Canal, Melville House Publishing (2010), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      He swans around that stinking office in his expensive clothes that are a little too tight for comfort, he swans around that stinking office without a care in the world.
    • 2013, Tilly Bagshawe, One Summer’s Afternoon, HarperCollins (2013), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      One of the few strokes of good luck Emma had had in recent days was the news that Tatiana Flint-Hamilton, her only real rival for top billing as 'most photographable girl' at today's event had decided to swan off to Sardinia instead, leaving the limelight entirely to Emma.
Usage notesEdit
  • In the sense “to travel”, usually used as part of the phrase “to swan about” or “to swan around”.

Etymology 2Edit

Probably from dialectal I s’wan, contraction of “I shall warrant”; later seen as a minced form of I swear.

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swan (third-person singular simple present swans, present participle swanning, simple past and past participle swanned)

  1. (US, dialectal or colloquial) To declare (chiefly in first-person present constructions).
    • 1907 December, J. D. Archer, Foiling an eavesdropper, in Telephony, volume 14, page 345:
      "Well, I swan, man, I had a better opinion of you than that."
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, page 214:
      ‘She slammed the door so hard I figured a window'd break [] .’ ‘I swan,’ I said.

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Old EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *swanaz, probably from Proto-Indo-European *swen- (to sound, resound). Compare Old Saxon swan (Low German Swaan), Dutch zwaan, Old High German swan (German Schwan), Old Norse svanr (Swedish svan).

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swan m

  1. swan
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Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *swainaz, whence also Old High German swein, Old Norse sveinn, English swain (through Old Norse).

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swān m

  1. man; warrior
  2. herdsman; herder
  3. servant
  4. boy; lad

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian *swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz (swan), probably from Proto-Indo-European *swen- (to sound, resound). Compare English swan, Dutch zwaan, Low German Swaan, German Schwan, Swedish svan.

NounEdit

swan c

  1. swan