Green’s Dictionary of Slang

swive v.

[OE swífan, to move in a course + ON svífa, to rove, to ramble, to drift. Coined c.1440, swive was SE until c.1700. Like a number of ‘obscenities’ it is not genuine sl., but was for many years excluded from SE dictionaries as a taboo vulgarism]

1. to have sexual intercourse (with); thus swiving n., sexual intercourse; thus literary use Swiveland n., a supposed ‘land’ of copulation/sexuality.

[UK]Chaucer Reeve’s Tale line 4177: For Iohn, seyde he, als ever moot I thryve, If that I may yon wenche wil I swyve.
[Scot]D. Lyndsay Satyre of Thrie Estaits III i: Manifestly, during thair lusty lyvis, Thay swyve ladeis, madinins, and menis wyves.
[UK]Nashe Choise of Valentines (1899) 7: As you desire, so shall you swiue with hir.
[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: fottere [...] to iape, to sard, to fucke, to swive, to occupy.
[UK] ‘Off Alle The Seaes’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) IV 7: Off all the seas thats cominge, / of all the woods that risinge, / of all the ffishes in the sea, / give me a womans swivinge.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 24 8–15 Nov. 105: But come (quoth he) let’s swive [?] and melt together, / Nor Bashfulness nor Modesty weighs a feather.
[UK]R. Fletcher (trans.) Martiall his Epigrams XI No. 98 110: I can swive four times a night: But thee Once in four years I cannot occupie.
[UK] ‘Ballad’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 11: Next comes Castlemaine, / That prerogative quean; / If I had such a bitch I would spay her. / She swives like a stoat, / Goes to’t leg and foot.
[UK]J. Lacy Old Troop IV i: Now here be de Queen of Swiveland, she sit in great Majesty; her leg hang over de chair, vera full of temptation, make your chops watra.
[UK]School of Venus (2004) 4: In the Second Dialogue [...] The variety of postures Roger had put her in, and how afterwards he had Swived her in various manners.
[UK]Rochester (attrib.) Sodom I i: Thus in the Zenith of my lust I reigne: / I eat to swive & Swive to eat againe.
[UK]‘News’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 160: A Parsons wife not apt to swive, / Hey ho, that’s news indeed.
[UK]N. Chorier (trans.) of Meursius ‘The Delights of Venus’ in Cabinet of Love (1739) 200: Let’s now proceed t’instruct you in the Game; / That Game that brings the most substantial Bliss; / For Swiving of all Games the sweetest is.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 265: And tho’ she was Aged near threescore and five, / She kickt up her Heels and resolved to [swive].
[UK]Machine 11: With fresh found cundum thou may’st swive each Night.
[Scot]Robertson of Struan ‘A Song’ Poems (1752) 267: Which could not but soon recommend her to Town, / Where Drinking and Swiving were so much admir’d.
[UK]J. Wilkes Essay on Woman 11: Awake, my Fanny, leave all meaner things, / This morn shall prove what rapture swiving brings.
[UK] ‘The Bucks Midnight Ramble’ Rural Lover’s Delight Pt 1 27: Rolling Bob recovered soon, / Sweet slily crept out of the room, / And swiv’d the landlord’s daughter.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Queen Bathsheba’ Pearl 2 Aug. 31: He got her at once with child of a son, / And he said a long grace when the swiving was done.
[UK]‘Neaniskos’ Priapeia Ep. lvii 56: Aged crone, Sues me for swive she may never lack!
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 246: souffler en cul. To copulate; ‘to swive’.
[US]E. Field ‘A French Crisis’ Facetiae Americana 18: She did not swive for sustenance, she rather liked to swive.
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 118: He misses [...] ass-bandit, formerly molrower (now obsolete, like so many other vivid sex terms: swive, Athenian, ell, etc.).
[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 197: There are various semi-technical terms for acting thus, such as [...] swive, roger, copulate, coit, flute and go tromboning.
[UK]Guardian G2 3 Aug. 7/1: Impertinent swive-obsessed columns in tabloid [...] newspapers.

2. to have anal intercourse.

[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 42: Let the Fops of the Town upbraid / Us, for an unnatural Trade, / We value not Man nor Maid, / But among our own selves we’ll be free [...] We’ll kiss and we’ll Sw--e, / Behind we will drive.
[UK]‘Neaniskos’ Priapeia Ep. xxxv 34: Thief, for first thieving shalt be swived.