- to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
- to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
- a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.
Origin of swaddle
Examples from the Web for swaddle
The English approach is to swaddle any attacks with disarming self-deprecation.Brit Wits Bash America
February 17, 2010
He wanted to take the serape of the grandee and swaddle him in it.The Open Boat and Other Stories
But she had preferred to swaddle and nurse her feeling of offence, and coquet at the same time with Mashko.Children of the Soil
There would be sad screaming and kicking were I to swaddle mine in stone-work.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
Come, come, strap and string down; swaddle it round wi' sax dizzen o' wheelbands, and fasten a steel-belted fur cap ower aboon a'.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)
Why don't you swaddle him round with good tight girths, or secure his natural tub with a strong sorb-apple-tree hoop?Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
- to wind a bandage round
- to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
- to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
- mainly US swaddling clothes
Word Origin and History for swaddle
c.1300, probably a frequentative form of Old English swaþian (see swathe). Related: Swaddled; swaddling. Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7.