Definition of swape
1 dialectal, England : a pole or bar used as a lever or swivel
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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