[ 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.


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


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