Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swivel”

swivel

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈswɪv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to (cause to) turn round a central point in order to face in another direction: She swivelled round to look out of the window. The ostrich swivelled its head in our direction.Revolving, rotating and spinning

swivel

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈswɪv.əl/ us  
turning around a central point to face in another direction: a swivel chair a swivel lampRevolving, rotating and spinning
(Definition of swivel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of swivel?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Revolving, rotating and spinning, but you might be interested in these topics from the Moving in particular directions topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “swivel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More