To swoop is to fly down steeply. When you swoop down to catch a bird, you are using your wings to fly.

  • The bird swooped down and snatched the apple out of the child's hand.

  • The storm clouds swooped down and dumped a lot of rain on the city.

Definition of swooping


To fly or glide downwards suddenly; to plunge (in the air) or nosedive.


To move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something.


To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing.


To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.


To pass with pomp; to sweep.


The motion of something that swoops.


That swoops or swoop.

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Example Sentences for swooping

  • 1

    The plane swooped at night.

  • 2

    Bargain hunters prepare to swoop.

  • 3

    Seagull is urged by coach to swoop in series.

  • 4

    The crustaceans swim primarily by swooping the antennae.

  • 5

    At this point, the vultures swoop in and kidnap the spring and Greensleeves.

  • 6

    Fortunately, Medivh swoops in to slay the remainder of the party.

  • 7

    The bats swoop down and attack the squirrel maiden.

  • 8

    Wouldn't the cavalry be able to swoop in on the ladies itself

  • 9

    It's too easy to swoop in and add tags at the tops of articles.

  • 10

    Liverpool swoops for England keeper if Brum takeover stalls.