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From Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman (to swim, float) (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle geswummen), from Proto-Germanic *swimmaną (to swoon, lose consciousness, swim), from Proto-Indo-European *swem(bʰ)- (to be unsteady, move, swim). Cognate with Scots sweem, soom (to swim), Saterland Frisian swimme (to swim), West Frisian swimme (to swim, float), Dutch zwemmen (to swim), German schwimmen (to swim), Norwegian Bokmål and Danish svømme (to swim), Swedish simma (to swim), Norwegian Nynorsk symja (to swim).