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verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing. British Dialect.
  1. to thrash; punish.
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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
Related formsswing·er [swin-jer] /ˈswɪn dʒər/, noun


verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.
  1. to singe.
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Origin of swinge2

First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples from the Web for swinged

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    William Shakespeare

  • Now will he be swinged for reading my letter,—an unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into secrets!

    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    William Shakespeare

  • One whisk from the swinged tail of an avalanche would hurl us, like a fly, into the ruin of the gaping gorge.

  • As the swinged person approaches the swinger, he exclaims, Ei mi tu chal, 'I'll eat your kail.'

British Dictionary definitions for swinged


verb swinges, swingeing, swinging or swinged
  1. (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
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Word Origin

Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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