• (British) IPA: /swɛə/
  • (America) IPA: /swɛɚ/

swear (swears, present participle swearing; past swore, past participle sworn)

  1. (ambitransitive) To take an oath, to promise.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  2. (ambitransitive) To use offensive, profane, or obscene language.
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swear (plural swears)

  1. A swear word.
    • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Beach of Falesá
      You might think it funny to hear this Kanaka girl come out with a big swear. No such thing. There was no swearing in her — no, nor anger; she was beyond anger, and meant the word simple and serious.

swear (comparative swearer, superlative swearest)

  1. (UK dialectal) Heavy.
  2. (UK dialectal) Top-heavy; too high.
  3. (UK dialectal) Dull; heavy; lazy; slow; reluctant; unwilling.
  4. (UK dialectal) Niggardly.
  5. (UK dialectal) A lazy time; a short rest during working hours (especially field labour); a siesta.

swear (swears, present participle swearing; past and past participle sweared)

  1. (UK dialectal) To be lazy; rest for a short while during working hours.

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