swin·​gle·​tree ˈswiŋ-gəl-(ˌ)trē How to pronounce swingletree (audio)

Word History


Middle English swyngyll tre, from swyngyll rod for beating flax (from Middle Dutch swengel) + tre tree

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swingletree was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Swingletree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swingletree. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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