swape

noun \ˈswāp\

Definition of swape

plural

-s

  1. 1 dialectal, England :  a pole or bar used as a lever or swivel

  2. 2 dialectal, England :  a long steering oar used by keelmen on the Tyne

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Origin and Etymology of swape

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


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