Definition of swan in English:

swan

Syllabification: swan
Pronunciation: /swän
 
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noun

A large waterbird with a long flexible neck, short legs, webbed feet, a broad bill, and typically all-white plumage.
  • Genus Cygnus (and Coscoroba): several species
More example sentences
  • Between March and September the rare osprey visits and there are duck, geese, swans, grouse, herons and buzzards.
  • Experts say migratory birds such as swans and geese are likely responsible for the westward spread of the bird flu virus.
  • Most ducks are sexually mature at one or two years of age, whereas geese and swans may mature at five years.

verb (swans, swanning, swanned)

[no object] informal Back to top  
Move about or go somewhere in a casual, relaxed way, typically perceived as irresponsible or ostentatious by others: swanning around in a $2,000 sharkskin suit doesn’t make you a Renaissance prince
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  • Theirs was a union made in hell and they soon drifted apart, Smith swanning around town like a bachelor with his bohemian chums while his wife Anne piled on the weight and drank Famous Grouse whiskey.
  • Taking the mickey out of modern dance, they conjure up moves by all the greats, starting with Isadora Duncan swanning around the Louvre and ending in a symphony of blue.
  • Now we move over to the Hoyland house, where Kayla is swanning around the living room looking like she's instantly been transformed back to her pre-baby figure.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaan and German Schwan.

Derivatives

swanlike

adjective
More example sentences
  • With her swanlike neck and 20-inch waist, Hepburn certainly inspired generations of women with her sleek, virtually unadorned style, consisting of black polo-necks, narrow capri pants, flat pumps and a slick flick of eyeliner.
  • She survived too into Christian times, as the Goddess Victory (with swanlike wings like Nike.)
  • Her curling hair is swept up in back of her head, showcasing her swanlike neck and ivory complexion, but it's her fiery gaze that attracts Jonnie's attention.

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