swin·​gle | \ ˈswiŋgəl \
plural -s

Definition of swingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wooden instrument like a large knife that is about two feet long, has one thin edge, and is used for beating and cleaning flax : scutcher
2a : the swiple of a flail
b : a cudgel resembling a flail
3 : a lever resembling a spoke and used for turning the barrel in wire drawing or the roller of a plate press
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swingled; swingled; swingling\ -​g(ə)liŋ \; swingles

Definition of swingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean by beating with a swingle : separate away the coarse and woody parts of : scutch

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History and Etymology for swingle


Middle English swingel, swengil, from Middle Dutch swinghel, swenghel instrument for beating flax, swipe; akin to Old English swingell whip, rod, blow, swingan to strike, beat

Transitive verb

Middle English swinglen, from Middle Dutch swinghelen, from swinghel swingle

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“Swingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swingle. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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