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Fun fact! Swear words were nicknamed ‘tongue-worms’ in the 1600s.

The word swear is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun swear

What does swear mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. A swearword.

Definition of the verb swear

What does swear mean as a doing word?

Swear is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
sworeswornswearingswears

  1. utter obscenities or profanities
  2. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    • examples: Before God I swear I am innocent | They swear that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of swear: affirm / assert / aver / avow / swan / verify
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific words:
      • hold = assert or affirm
      • claim / take = lay claim to
      • attest = authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
      • declare = state firmly
      • protest = affirm or avow formally or solemnly
      • assure / tell = inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  3. promise solemnly; take an oath
    • example: They swear to move
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: vow = make a vow
  4. make a deposition; declare under oath
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of swear: depone / depose
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
  5. have faith or confidence in

Alternative definition of the verb swear

verb

  1. [intransitive] [transitive] To take an oath.
    • [intransitive] To use offensive language.

    Music

    1. "Swear" is a song recorded by Chinese-Tibetan singer Alan. "Swear" was written by Aico and Yuka Miyagawa and was produced by Kazuhito Kikuchi. The song was used as the theme song of Bourbon's Blanchul Mini Series commercial, in which Alan appears. The PV for the single was shot at Keisei Rose Garden. The B-side, "Beauty", was used as the commercial song for Yomeishu's Re:on Nutrition Drink Product. "Swear" was released as a truetone on September 17, 2009 and was released as a single on the Avex Trax label on November 4, 2009. "Swear" reached a peak of #35 on the weekly Oricon charts, and charted for three weeks.
    2. "Swear" was a 1980s pop song by Tim Scott McConnell and released by Sire Records in 1983. The music video to promote the song was a campy/tongue-in-cheek music video of a hippy-based pagan/black mass set in a church. The stylized music video is seemingly a parody of late 1960s to early 1970s hippy horror movies.
    3. "Swear" is a cataloged instance, composition.
      • music and lyrics by Moby
    4. "Swear" is a composition.
    5. "Swear" is a musical single of Low IQ 01.
      • released on (11 years ago)
    6. "swear" is a composition.
      • music and lyrics by CHAGE

    Film

    "Swear" is a 2013 Documentary /Short/Comedy film directed by Lea Becker.

    Phrases with Swear

    Phrases starting with the word Swear:

    1. Swear by
    2. swear in
    3. swear off
    4. swear out
    5. Swear Down
    6. Swear Word
    7. Swear Like a Trooper
    8. Swear on a Stack of Bibles

    Other phrases containing the word Swear:

    1. To Swear by
    2. to swear off

    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swear

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    Google previewThe Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (1830)

    With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings by Richard Baxter, William Orme

    To swear is an affirming or denying of a thing, with an appeal to some other thing or person, as a witness of the truth or avenger of the untruth, who is not producible as witness or judge in human courts. An affirmation or negation is the matter ...

    Google previewA Christian Directory, Or, A Body of Practical Divinity and Cases of Conscience: Christian economics, (or family duties) (1825)

    by Richard Baxter

    To swear is an affirming or denying of a thing, with an appeal to some other thing or person, as a witness of the truth or avenger of the untruth, who is not producible as witness or judge in human courts, An affirmation or negation is the matter ...

    Google previewCalmet's Great Dictionary of the Holy Bible: Calmet's great dictionary of the Holy Bible (1813)

    by Augustin Calmet

    To swear by a creature is simply unlawful. from the nature of an oath, which implies omniscience and omnipotence. perfections incompetent to any creature. Oaths are either assertory, in which we affirm something as true, as in the case of ...

    Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

    by William Marsden

    *** meniumpah to swear, impose an oath; to swear at.

    Google previewCambridge Dictionary of American Idioms (2003)

    by Paul Heacock

    swear by sth to strongly believe in something ♢ Though there 's no scientific evidence for this method of finding...

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    Usage statistics about swear

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb swear:

    deposebankaffirmverifycurseassertswearbetreckoncalculatecountrelydependlook

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    Small photo of Full body of mover man in overall making swear gesture surrounded by bunch cardboard boxes isolated on white backgroundSmall photo of Full body of mover man from behind making fake swear gesture surrounded by bunch cardboard boxes isolated on white backgroundSmall photo of Two male monkeys swear at the seashoreSmall photo of Bride and groom pinky swear closeup of hands and fingers crossed in promise black and whiteSmall photo of Couples lined up in New York City to apply for their $1.00 marriage licenses, 1915-20. The couple at the Marriage Bureau clerk's window swear to the truthfulness of their applicationSmall photo of Kathmandu, Nepal - 6 May 2016: This huge stone image of Bhairav represents deity Shiva, it was used by the government as a place for people to swear the truth.Small photo of Picture of two young ladies swear. Isolated over white background. More...

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    Quotes about Swear

    To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas. (Leo Burnett)
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    Scrabble value of S1W4E1A1R1

    The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

    Anagrams of SWEAR

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