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[sweed] /swid/
a native or inhabitant of Sweden.
(lowercase) Chiefly British. a rutabaga.
Origin of Swede
1580-90; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; cognate with German Schwede; compare Old English Swēon (plural), Old Norse Svēar, Svīar, Medieval Latin Suiōnes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Jones not a British subject after all, but a Swede, who's travelled in America!

  • At the first glance he gave one the impression of being a Finn or a Swede.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • There was a Swede yarning with the skipper, but they wouldn't let me hear.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • One was an American "tough," the other a lazy, foul-mouthed Swede.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • He was a silent man, American born, of a Swede father, and now employed as a cleaner of refrigerator cars at the stock-yards.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for Swede


a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant
(NZ) a slang word for head (sense 1)
Also called (for senses 1, 2) Swedish turnip, (US and Canadian) rutabaga
Word Origin
C19: so called after being introduced into Scotland from Sweden in the 18th century


a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Sweden
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Word Origin and History for Swede

1610s, from Low German, from Middle Low German Swede, back-formed from a source akin to Old English Sweoðeod, literally "Swede-people," from Sweon (plural) "Swedes" (Old Norse, Old Swedish Sviar), called by the Romans Suiones, probably from Proto-Germanic *sweba "free, independent," or else from *geswion "kinsman."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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