Part of speech: adjective
Origin: English, 19th century
Crowded; full of moving beings or objects
Examples of Aswarm in a sentence
"The hive was aswarm with bees, but the beekeeper was protected by a heavy veil and thick clothing."
"So many people arrived for the store’s sale that the parking lot was aswarm with customers and cars."
Popularity Over Time
“Aswarm” was formed in English by adding the prefix “a-,” indicating increasing intensity, to the English word “swarm.”
Did you Know?
The key component of “aswarm” is “swarm,” which is connected to a variety of similar terms in several languages, including Old English (“swearm”), proto-Germanic (“swarmaz”), Saterland Frisian (“swoorm”), Danish (“sværm”), Swedish (“svärm”), and Icelandic (“svarmur”). All these terms are synonymous with “swarm” in English — meaning “multitude” or “a mass of individuals,” as well as the verb describing a multitude acting as one. The English addition of the prefix “a-” to “swarm” is intended to emphasize the activity and intensity of the swarm, and is similar to the adjective “swarming,” which means “moving in or forming a large or dense group.”