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sweer

[sweer] /swɪər/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
1.
slothful; indolent.
2.
unwilling; reluctant.
Origin of sweer
900
before 900; Middle English swer(e), Old English swær(e) heavy, sluggish; cognate with German schwer
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Examples from the Web for sweer
Historical Examples
  • Sweet i' the bed and sweer up i' the morning was ne'er a gude housewife.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I'm sweer to part with him, but canna stem the current which flows from the advice of his patrons and his own inclination.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull
  • In the provincial dialects these words are even now pronounced beer, teer, sweer.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Ye've admitted that the half-breeds are baith deid; and John Baptist will sweer that ye had their canoe and Cambon's gun.

    Stranded in Arcady Francis Lynde
  • Whatever as thou sayest oi will sweer to; but I would reyther change places.

    Through the Fray G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for sweer

sweer

/swiːr/
verb
1.
(Scot) a variant spelling of sweir1 , sweir2
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