- a state of confusion, excitement, or perplexity.
Origin of swither
1495–1505; origin uncertain; compare Old English geswithrian to retire, dwindle, fail
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Examples from the Web for swither
A the folk say there was nae doubt about it, and sae does my mother, but my father was aye in a swither; he thought it couldna be.Merkland
He seemed to be in a swither whether to return home, to follow ye, or to lie down and die by the road.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17
The whole works ud be in a swither 'fore iver we'd time to ax what was comin'.
Strong cruel brutes, they did not swither a moment, but both leaped at M'Iver's throat.John Splendid
- to hesitate; vacillate; be perplexed
- hesitation; perplexity; agitation
C16: of unknown origin
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