- to thrash; punish.
Origin of swinge1
1250–1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
- to singe.
Origin of swinge2
First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples from the Web for swinged
I would spend myself a shilling to have him swinged well.Chat.Gammer Gurton's Needle
Mr. S. Mr. of Art
True, sir; I was in love with my bed: I thank you, you swinged me for my love, which makes me the bolder to chide you for yours.
Now will he be swinged for reading my letter,—an unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into secrets!
One whisk from the swinged tail of an avalanche would hurl us, like a fly, into the ruin of the gaping gorge.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece
John Addington Symonds
As the swinged person approaches the swinger, he exclaims, Ei mi tu chal, 'I'll eat your kail.'Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
- (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing