- a native or inhabitant of Sweden.
- (lowercase) Chiefly British. a rutabaga.
Origin of Swede
Examples from the Web for swede
The Swede called the young Dane “a genius,” and labeled his film “a masterpiece.”Denmark Has a Riveting New Drama Starring Mads Mikkelsen
July 14, 2013
The average American, he said, is much worse off than the average Swede.
This is also true the other way, by the way; the average Swede would not be happy living in America.
With those four words, the towering Swede, Dolph Lundgren, achieved film immortality.Dolph Lundgren’s Wild Ride: From Fulbright Scholar to ‘The Expendables 2’
August 17, 2012
An inexperienced 32-year-old Swede volunteered, and saved thousands.Raoul Wallenberg’s World War II Heroism a Lesson for World Doing Nothing About Syria
March 15, 2012
He was a young Swede, a fine, handsome youth, about twenty years of age.Georgie's Present
"Shut up, you big Swede, go and learn English," somebody said.The Harbor
It was far from what the Swede had expected; but he accepted the task, obediently.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Her captain was a Swede, and knowing me for a seaman, invited me on the bridge.Heart of Darkness
The Swede was as much distressed as Morrison; for he understood the other's feelings perfectly.Victory
- a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
- the root of this plant
- NZ a slang word for head (def. 1)
- a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Sweden
Word Origin and History for swede
1610s, from Low German, from Middle Low German Swede, back-formed from a source akin to Old English Sweoðeod, literally "Swede-people," from Sweon (plural) "Swedes" (Old Norse, Old Swedish Sviar), called by the Romans Suiones, probably from Proto-Germanic *sweba "free, independent," or else from *geswion "kinsman."