[ swawrd ]
/ swɔrd /


the grassy surface of land; turf.
a stretch of turf; a growth of grass.

verb (used with object)

to cover with sward or turf.

verb (used without object)

to become covered with sward.

Origin of sward

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sweard skin, rind; cognate with German Schwarte rind, Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle Dutch swaerde skin

Related forms

un·der·sward, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sward


/ (swɔːd) /


turf or grass or a stretch of turf or grass


to cover or become covered with grass

Word Origin for sward

Old English sweard skin; related to Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle High German swart hide
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