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swinge

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transitive verb \ˈswinj\

Definition of swinge

swingedswinge·ing

chiefly dialect

  1. :  beat, scourge



Origin of swinge

Middle English swengen to shake, from Old English swengan; akin to Old English swingan


First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with swinge


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swinge

transitive verb

Definition of swinge

swingedswinge·ing

dial

  1. :  singe, scorch



Origin of swinge

alteration of singe


First Known Use: 1590


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