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transitive verb swad·dle \ˈswä-dəl\

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

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

Full Definition of SWADDLE

a :  to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
b :  envelop, swathe <legs swaddled in bandages>
:  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

Rhymes with SWADDLE


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