swad·​dle | \ ˈswä-dᵊl How to pronounce swaddle (audio) \
swaddled; swaddling\ ˈswäd-​liŋ How to pronounce swaddling (audio) , ˈswä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of swaddle

transitive verb

1a : to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
b : envelop, swathe legs swaddled in bandages
2 : restrain, restrict marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe— Nina Auerbach

Examples of swaddle in a Sentence

He swaddled the baby in a blanket.

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Joanna wrote on Instagram of a shot showing Crew swaddled in a rocker in his nursery. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Says Newborn Son Crew Is 'Settling in Just Fine' in His Nursery — See the Photo!," 30 June 2018 In the first photos Andy (and his pup, Wacha!) shared of Benjamin, the infant is swaddled in a crib looking happy as can be—and showing off a stylish set of crib sheets. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Andy Cohen's Son Keeps Cozy in Adorable Sheets—Available at Target," 14 Feb. 2019 The woman swaddles the boy in cloth and nestles him in the straw. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘A Great Joy’," 21 Dec. 2018 Just as the lyrical, swaddling suiting in earthy shades at The Row makes sense. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren Play the Generation Game," 13 Feb. 2018 While an incalculable number of people would like to swaddle and coo at the Big Boy, one person publicly congratulated the Duchess and Prince William who actually has a shot at meeting the little cherub: Michelle Obama. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "The Obamas Can’t Wait to Meet Kate Middleton and Prince William’s New Baby," 23 Apr. 2018 Hers is fuller: surrounded, swaddled even—an island on whose shores laps a vibrant, busy sea. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Sweat and Cries of Humankind," 11 Jan. 2019 In the early morning, the hills that flanked the dry riverbed were swaddled in mists that had drifted inland from the Skeleton Coast. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 So, for that Fourth of July party, Swift swaddled herself among friends, i.e. squad members. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Taylor Swift Skips Another Fourth Of July Party," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of swaddle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swaddle

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

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English Language Learners Definition of swaddle

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

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