1. a tool for bending cold metal to a required shape.
  2. a tool, die, or stamp for giving a particular shape to metal on an anvil, in a stamping press, etc.
  3. swage block.
verb (used with object), swaged, swag·ing.
  1. to bend or shape by means of a swage.
  2. to reduce or taper (an object), as by forging or squeezing.

Origin of swage

1325–75; Middle English souage < Middle French
Related formsswag·er, noun
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Historical Examples of swagers

  • Tom is about 16 years old about five feet high light chestnut coller, smart active boy, and swagers in his walk.

British Dictionary definitions for swagers


  1. a shaped tool or die used in forming cold metal by hammering, pressing, etc
  2. a decorative moulding
  1. (tr) to form (metal) with a swage
Derived Formsswager, noun

Word Origin for swage

C19: from French souage, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swagers



"to shape or bend by use of a tool," 1831, from swage (n.), the name of the tool for bending or shaping cold metal (1812), from Old French souage.

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