Definition of swinging in US English:



  • 1Moving back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.

    ‘an old mahogany grandfather clock with a swinging pendulum’
  • 2informal Lively, exciting, and fashionable.

    ‘a swinging resort’
    ‘the Swinging Sixties’
    • ‘The fashion entrepreneur Michael Pearce grappled with this question when he decided to relaunch Biba, the iconic swinging London label that defined the hippie era.’
    • ‘Then on the following evening, November 1, it will be the turn of the adults to come together and enjoy a swinging 60's night.’
    • ‘Living in one of the many urban slums of the Capital far away from the swinging nightlife of the city that don't make it to the glossy pages, being single is not associated with choice.’
    • ‘Set among peace-loving forest dwellers in the swinging 60s the lively production even features a guest appearance by The King himself, Elvis.’
    • ‘The layout fuses a pastiche of 90s chrome and 70s retro with a swinging 60's colour scheme of greens, burgundies and blues.’
    • ‘For all these reasons the pill has long been credited not only as a vital ingredient in the rise of feminism but a precursor to the swinging Sixties, the tool that enabled a generation to throw caution to the wind.’
    • ‘Will they manage to mature, in tandem, into a team capable of bringing silverware back to Ayrshire or will the swinging sixties remain, in perpetuity, as the halcyon era?’
    • ‘Alexander Chancellor asks why everyone hates SUVs, why dictators love gardening so much and if the swinging sixties ever actually happened’
    • ‘Thursday is Sixties Night, when we will all sit round and try to remember what happened during that swinging decade.’
    • ‘No episode more graphically conveys the pent-up longing of those curiously shadowed and elusive days we lived through between the end of the war and the birth of swinging Britain.’
    • ‘Frost plays acoustic guitar and delivers her breathy vocals with a retro cool, a swinging '60s chanteuse with keen insights into modern life.’
    • ‘Our perception of the swinging decade has inevitably been shaped by what has happened in the world since then.’
    • ‘Hollywood, 1952: DaVinci Clothing is born and quickly becomes the style of choice for members of the swinging Rat Pack.’
    • ‘Wasn't Sellers just living out the cultural leap that the entire world made between the repressed 50s and the swinging 60s?’
    • ‘The couple first met at a church youth group 40 years ago, and actually started going out together at a Valentine's dance back in the swinging 60s.’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, popular, up to date, bang up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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  • 3informal Engaging in group sex or the swapping of sexual partners within a group, especially on a habitual basis.

    • ‘George Street comes lined with boutiques, and the newest landmarks of swinging Edinburgh are clustered here.’
    • ‘‘They just thought Ruby was this swinging party chick, boozing it up with tons of boyfriends’.’
    • ‘A swinging married couple strikes Prudie as a pair of sluts with matching wedding rings.’
    • ‘He is supposed to be a randy and swinging gentleman spy.’
    • ‘I was brought up in the frigid fifties; by the time the swinging sixties started I was married and had missed it.’
    • ‘In one episode, Butch's elderly parents come clean about their swinging antics during the Korean War.’
    • ‘Marriage was indoctrinated to us as the norm when growing up and I was growing up during the swinging sixties and seventies, so there were very mixed messages!’
    • ‘Feeling that life has passed him by, and wanting to join the sexual revolution of the swinging '60's, Barney decides he must have an affair.’
    • ‘Those of us who can recall a time when Lava lamps were taken seriously know that the aesthetic of the swinging '60s is particularly vulnerable.’


  • 1The action of moving back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.

    ‘all clocks used to keep time by the swinging of a pendulum’
  • 2informal The practice of engaging in group sex or the swapping of sexual partners within a group, especially on a habitual basis.