- to take into the stomach by drawing through the throat and esophagus with a voluntary muscular action, as food, drink, or other substances.
- to take in so as to envelop; withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb: He was swallowed by the crowd.
- to accept without question or suspicion.
- to accept without opposition; put up with: to swallow an insult.
- to accept for lack of an alternative: Consumers will have to swallow new price hikes.
- to suppress (emotion, a laugh, a sob, etc.) as if by drawing it down one's throat.
- to take back; retract: to swallow one's words.
- to enunciate poorly; mutter: He swallowed his words.
- to perform the act of swallowing.
Origin of swallow1
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Examples from the Web for swallowable
His jaws resumed the burden of reducing that persistent caramel to a swallowable state.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
But she had failed to reduce it to a swallowable size; it stuck in his throat, and, do what he would, he could not bolt it.Our Bird Comrades
Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
- to pass (food, drink, etc) through the mouth to the stomach by means of the muscular action of the oesophagus
- (often foll by up) to engulf or destroy as if by ingestionNazi Germany swallowed up several small countries
- informal to believe gulliblyhe will never swallow such an excuse
- to refrain from uttering or manifestingto swallow one's disappointment
- to endure without retaliation
- to enunciate (words, etc) indistinctly; mutter
- (often foll by down) to eat or drink reluctantly
- (intr) to perform or simulate the act of swallowing, as in gulping
- swallow one's words to retract a statement, argument, etc, often in humiliating circumstances
- any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica (common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flightRelated adjective: hirundine
- See fairy swallow
Word Origin and History for swallowable
"take in through the throat," Old English swelgan (class III strong verb; past tense swealg, past participle swolgen), from Proto-Germanic *swelkh-/*swelg- (cf. Old Saxon farswelgan, Old Norse svelgja "to swallow," Middle Dutch swelghen, Dutch zwelgen "to gulp, swallow," Old High German swelahan "to swallow," German schwelgen "to revel"), probably from PIE base *swel- (1) "to eat, drink." Cognate with Old Norse svelgr "whirlpool," literally "devourer, swallower." Sense of "consume, destroy" is attested from mid-14c. Meaning "to accept without question" is from 1590s. Related: Swallowed; swallowing. The noun meaning "an act of swallowing" is recorded from 1822.
migratory bird (family Hirundinidae), Old English swealwe, from Proto-Germanic *swalwon (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Swedish svala, Danish svale, Middle Dutch zwalewe, Dutch zwaluw, Old High German swalawa, German Schwalbe), from PIE *swol-wi- (cf. Russian solowej, Slovak slavik, Polish słowik "nightinggale"). The etymological sense is disputed. Popularly regarded as a harbinger of summer; swallows building nests on or near a house is considered good luck.
- To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.