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verb (used with object), swad·dled, swad·dling.
  1. to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
  2. to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
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  1. a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.
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Origin of swaddle

1375–1425; late Middle English, in suadiling (gerund); akin by gradation to Middle English swethel (noun), Old English; see swathe1, -le
Related formsun·swad·dled, adjectiveun·swad·dling, adjective
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Related Words for swaddle

sheathe, clothe, swathe, wrap, cover, bundle, enwrap, restrict, bind, restrain, bandage

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verb (tr)
  1. to wind a bandage round
  2. to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
  3. to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
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  1. mainly US swaddling clothes
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Word Origin for swaddle

C15: from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe
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Word Origin and History for swaddle


c.1300, probably a frequentative form of Old English swaþian (see swathe). Related: Swaddled; swaddling. Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7.

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