adjective Scot. and North England.

slothful; indolent.
unwilling; reluctant.

Origin of sweer

before 900; Middle English swer(e), Old English swær(e) heavy, sluggish; cognate with German schwer
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Examples from the Web for sweer

Historical Examples of sweer

  • Sweet i' the bed and sweer up i' the morning was ne'er a gude housewife.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • I'm sweer to part with him, but canna stem the current which flows from the advice of his patrons and his own inclination.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull

  • In the provincial dialects these words are even now pronounced beer, teer, sweer.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • Ye've admitted that the half-breeds are baith deid; and John Baptist will sweer that ye had their canoe and Cambon's gun.

    Stranded in Arcady

    Francis Lynde

  • Whatever as thou sayest oi will sweer to; but I would reyther change places.

    Through the Fray

    G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for sweer



Scot a variant spelling of sweir 1, sweir 2
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