swink

verb
\ ˈswiŋk How to pronounce swink (audio) \
swinked; swinking; swinks

Definition of swink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic
: to work under difficult conditions or for long hours : toil … their pelf, for the which they have so swinked and sweat …— Thomas Becon

swink

noun

Definition of swink (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

First Known Use of swink

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swink

Verb

Middle English, from Old English swincan; akin to Old High German swingan to rush — more at swing

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The first known use of swink was before the 12th century

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“Swink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swink. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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