Definition of swearing in English:



  • The use of offensive language.

    ‘there's a lot of swearing in the show’
    • ‘As someone who speaks fluent Spanish, I found myself swearing in Spanish when my people got cantankerous.’
    • ‘I didn't want the alcohol, the swearing, the bad memories, the parties or the guilt anymore.’
    • ‘A year ago I first caught him swearing in Russian about it.’
    • ‘I knew he wasn't really getting angry at me; if anything, he might have just been getting angry at himself, or maybe he was just swearing out of habit.’
    • ‘The magistrates found Baldwin guilty of the charge of causing criminal damage, but dismissed the public order offence of swearing and spitting because of insufficient evidence.’