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swaddle

[ swod-l ]
/ ˈswɒd l /
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verb (used with object), swad·dled, swad·dling.
to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM swaddle

un·swad·dled, adjectiveun·swad·dling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for swaddle

swaddle
/ (ˈswɒdəl) /

verb (tr)
to wind a bandage round
to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
noun
mainly US swaddling clothes

Word Origin for swaddle

C15: from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe
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