Definition of swinging in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswiNGiNG/


1(Of a person, place, or way of life) lively, exciting, and fashionable: a swinging resort the Swinging Sixties
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  • Set among peace-loving forest dwellers in the swinging 60s the lively production even features a guest appearance by The King himself, Elvis.
  • 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.
1.1Sexually liberated or promiscuous.
Example sentences
  • A swinging married couple strikes Prudie as a pair of sluts with matching wedding rings.
  • In one episode, Butch's elderly parents come clean about their swinging antics during the Korean War.
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • Aside from the odd spell in jail, things go swingingly until the Eighties and an airport heist, following which the trio fall apart.
  • Since the couples include a pompous academic and his nervous wife, a raffishly experienced, working-class duo and two covert documentary film-makers, we assume that not all will go swingingly.
  • His sets usually offer a swingingly good variety of big band tracks.
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