1. referring to those who participate in husband-and-wife swapping parties or those who enjoy a promiscuous sex life.
|Puritan Jungle 144: A new swinging couple — novices to the swinging rites.|
|small ad inBeyond Monogamy 247: Couple, attractive, 26 and 25, who have not yet swung, desire to meet swinging couple.|
|Family Life in 20th-Century America 277: An ad placed by a swinging couple might read: Lexington, Kentucky marrieds. Attractive, college, white, want to hear from other attractive marrieds.|
2. sexually active; used for sexual contacts.
|Atheist III iii: [ref. is to whoring] We are like to have a swinging time on’t.|
|Numbers (1968) 109: [of a gay bar] Pershing Square and Main Street and its two swinging bars.|
|in Hellhole 211: [of a lesbian bar] Lillian, is that the name they call you by in that swinging place you hang in, man?|
(US) a sexually promiscuous unmarried person.
|Executioner (1973) 14: Residence club, it’s called – for swinging singles only.|
|Fireworks (1988) 161: Domiciles [...] devoted exclusively to the young – the ‘swinging singles,’ so called.‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in|
|Newsweek 16 July 53: The sheer number of singles, meshed with the media’s seductive imagery (singles who swing are jauntily dubbed ‘swingles’), is gradually revising society’s view of its unwed members.|
|Spike Island (1981) 200: He has a ham roll in a club for swinging singles.|
|et al. Handbk Marriage 312: Although the ‘swinging singles’ stereotype provides good movie material, few singles have the inclination or motivation to ‘swing’ for any length of time.|