swaddle

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transitive verb swad·dle \ˈswä-dəl\

Definition of swaddle

swaddled

swaddling

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 in a sentence

  1. He swaddled the baby in a blanket.

Origin and Etymology 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


SWADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

swaddle

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transitive verb swad·dle \ˈswä-dəl\

Definition of swaddle for English Language Learners

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


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