- a swipple.
- a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions.
- to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and scraping with a swingle.
Origin of swingle1
- a single person who is highly active socially and sexually; an unmarried person who swings.
Origin of swingle2
Examples from the Web for swingle
A man could swingle forty pounds of flax a day, but it was hard work.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
Two stout sticks, the handstaff and the swingle, attached to each other by a strong band of gut, constitute its simple mechanism.A Cotswold Village
J. Arthur Gibbs
Mr. Kearney ought to be here tonight and Mr. Swingle and Dr. Rixford.
Fire Chief Swingle sent notice to the managers that all aisles must be kept cleared.
Twelve “Swingle trees” (whippletree, whiffletree, singletree) are listed in the inventory.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia
C. Malcolm Watkins
- a flat-bladed wooden instrument used for beating and scraping flax or hemp to remove coarse matter from it
- (tr) to use a swingle on
Word Origin and History for swingle
"instrument for beating flax," early 14c., from Middle Dutch swinghel "swingle for flax," cognate with Old English swingel "beating, stick to beat," from swingan "to beat, strike, whip" (see swing (v.)) + instrumental suffix -le. Or perhaps directly from the Old English word, with narrowing of sense.