Swaddle Swad"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swaddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swaddling}.] 1. To bind as with a bandage; to bind or warp tightly with clothes; to swathe; -- used esp. of infants; as, to swaddle a baby. [1913 Webster]

They swaddled me up in my nightgown with long pieces of linen. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To beat; to cudgel. [Obs.] --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Swaddle — Swad dle, n. [AS. swe?il, swe?el, fr. swe?ain to bind. See {Swathe}.] Anything used to swaddle with, as a cloth or band; a swaddling band. [1913 Webster] They put me in bed in all my swaddles. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swaddle — [swäd′ l] vt. swaddled, swaddling [ME swathlen, prob. altered (infl. by swathen, to SWATHE1) < swethlen < OE swethel, swaddling band, akin to swathian, to SWATHE1] 1. to wrap (a newborn baby) in swaddling clothes, a blanket, etc. 2. to bind …   English World dictionary

  • swaddle — index envelop Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • swaddle — c.1300, probably a frequentative form of O.E. swaþian (see SWATHE (Cf. swathe)). Related: Swaddled; swaddling. Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7 …   Etymology dictionary

  • swaddle — ► VERB ▪ wrap in garments or cloth. ORIGIN from SWATHE(Cf. ↑swathe) …   English terms dictionary

  • swaddle — [[t]swɒ̱d(ə)l[/t]] swaddles, swaddling, swaddled VERB If you swaddle a baby, you wrap cloth around it in order to keep it warm or to prevent it from moving. [OLD FASHIONED] [V n] Swaddle your newborn baby so that she feels secure. [V ed] ...a… …   English dictionary

  • swaddle — UK [ˈswɒd(ə)l] / US [ˈswɑd(ə)l] verb [transitive] Word forms swaddle : present tense I/you/we/they swaddle he/she/it swaddles present participle swaddling past tense swaddled past participle swaddled to wrap a baby very tightly in cloth …   English dictionary

  • Swaddle — This intriguing and interesting name is of Medieval English origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational name Swaledale from the place in North Yorkshire. Swaledale was recorded circa 1130 in the Index to the Charters and Rolls in the… …   Surnames reference

  • swaddle — verb Swaddle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑baby …   Collocations dictionary

  • swaddle — swad|dle [ˈswɔdl US ˈswa:dl] v [T] old fashioned [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from sweddle to swaddle (13 17 centuries), from Old English swethel swaddling clothes ] to wrap a baby tightly to keep it warm and protect it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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