plural -s
dialectal, England : a pole or bar used as a lever or swivel
dialectal, England : a long steering oar used by keelmen on the Tyne

Word History


Middle English swaipe lever, swivel, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sveipr fold, sveipa to sweep, swoop

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“Swape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swape. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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