sweal

verb \ˈswēl, especially before pause or consonant -ēəl\

Definition of sweal

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialectal, of a candle :  to melt away :  gutter

  3. 2 chiefly dialectal :  to waste away

  4. transitive verb
  5. chiefly dialectal :  burn

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Origin and Etymology of sweal

Middle English swailen, sweilen, swelen, partly from Old English swelan (vi) to burn; partly from Old English swǣlan (vt) to cause to burn — more at swelter


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