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swaying

[ swey ]SEE DEFINITION OF swaying
  • verbmove back and forth
  • verbinfluence, affect

Synonyms for swaying

  • bend
  • lean
  • swing
  • waver
  • wobble
  • careen
  • fluctuate
  • incline
  • lurch
  • oscillate
  • pulsate
  • rock
  • roll
  • stagger
  • swagger
  • undulate
  • vibrate
  • wave
  • weave
  • yo-yo
  • blow hot and cold
  • hem and haw
  • pendulate
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Antonyms for swaying

  • straighten
  • hold
  • remain
  • stabilize
  • stay
  • leave alone
  • steady
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWAYING

The women are keening softly and swaying themselves with a slow movement.

He swung his hands back and forth, swaying his graceful body with them.

Now the metal eye was directly under their swaying starboard.

The falling leaves are whispering in the grove to the swaying boughs.

Amidst all this void came a low tic-tac from the swaying pendulum.

She was swaying; her companion steadied her, but he was swaying himself.

They gripped each other now, swaying, locked together, staggering.

It rose straight up, tilting and swaying in the light breeze.

The monument was swaying, was swinging from side to side, but it did not quite fall—not then.

Caroline, swaying, put a hand on the table to steady herself.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to go, glide, move," probably from Old Norse sveigja "to bend, swing, give way," from Proto-Germanic *swaigijanan and related to swag (v.) and swing. The sense of "swing, wave, waver" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Swayed; swaying. The noun meaning "controlling influence" (to be under the sway of) is 1510s, from a transitive sense of the verb in Dutch and other languages. The verb in this sense is recorded in English from 1590s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SWAYING

convincing

adjectivepersuasive

hanging

adjectivedangling

hung

adjectivesuspended
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