swith·​er ˈswi-t͟hər How to pronounce swither (audio)
swithered; swithering; swithers

intransitive verb

dialectal, chiefly British
swither noun dialectal, chiefly British

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1501, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swither was in 1501

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Cite this Entry

“Swither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swither. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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