Definition of swear word in US English:

swear word


  • An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger.

    • ‘Carlyle was forthright, to say the least, in questioning Cosgrove's view, using the same swear word at an impressive rate of one time every 15 words.’
    • ‘Since these words are rooted in clear-cut concepts, they carry less variable meaning than sentences without swear words.’
    • ‘These words or phrases have become swear words in certain mouths.’
    • ‘I talk to myself, and most of those words are swear words.’
    • ‘She said she knows the word is a swear word, but ‘It is all in the context of what - of how it is used and when it is used.’’
    • ‘It was an advert for a device that replaces swear words as spoken on television with cleaner, Godlier words.’
    • ‘Unlike similar black lists previously discovered, there seems to be no problem with swear words and words relating to sex.’
    • ‘It's a shame really that Korean doesn't have a lot of swear words.’
    • ‘I do not think that anybody could really recall with such detail word for word on an alleged exchange of swear words.’
    • ‘English and Russian swear words flew in the air like sparrows.’
    • ‘It has recently come to my attention via the readers' opinion pages of this fine magazine that some folks don't find swear words funny.’
    • ‘The bus driver shouted out loudly and nearly said a swear word before covering it up with another nicer word.’
    • ‘Why is it that they think the vowel sound in a swear word is the most offensive?’
    • ‘The boys are at a stage where they probably know most of the swear words available to speakers of English, and seem to know not to repeat them inappropriately.’
    • ‘A child from a Christian home can be put in an embarrassing situation if asked to read aloud a passage including swear words and blasphemy.’
    • ‘They are expected to perform tracks from the album such as, well, we would like to name them but unfortunately they all seem to have swear words in the title!’
    • ‘In sensitive company it is accepted practice to substitute another word for the swear word which has caused the censors to issue the 18 certificate.’
    • ‘There's only us and a few other people eating lunch in this big bar and I fear for their appetite as he spouts swear words, smoke and grisly tales of true crime.’
    expletive, obscenity, oath, curse, imprecation, epithet, dirty word, four-letter word
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swear word

/ˈswɛr ˌwərd//ˈswer ˌwərd/