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sweeny

[ swee-nee ]

noun

, Veterinary Pathology.
  1. atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.


sweeny

/ ˈswiːnɪ /

noun

  1. vet science a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury


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Word History and Origins

Origin of sweeny1

An Americanism first recorded in 1820–30; compare dialectal German Schweine, Pennsylvania Dutch Schwinne “atrophy,” Old English swindan “to pine away, disappear”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sweeny1

C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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Example Sentences

Little Sweeny says, in his Irish brogue, 'I can march twic't as fur for the seein' av her!'

Around Sweeny, who garrisoned the left-hand wagon of the rearmost line, the fight was particularly noisy.

Little Sweeny, finding that his mule was being crowded by an Apache's horse, uttered some indignant yelps.

Sweeny instantly fired, and brought down another Apache, quite accidentally.

At that short distance Sweeny would hardly have missed; and the nearest Apache, leaning forward with outspread arms, fell dead.

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