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swaddle

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transitive verb swad·dle \ˈswä-dəl\

Simple Definition of swaddle

  • : to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.

Full Definition of swaddle

swad·dledswad·dling play \ˈswäd-liŋ, ˈswä-dəl-iŋ\

  1. 1a :  to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothesb :  envelop, swathe <legs swaddled in bandages>

  2. 2 :  restrain, restrict <marriage…swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe — Nina Auerbach>

Examples of swaddle

  1. He swaddled the baby in a blanket.



Origin of swaddle

Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe


First Known Use: 14th century

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