swingeing

[swin-jing]
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adjective Chiefly British.

enormous; thumping.

Origin of swingeing

First recorded in 1560–70; swinge1 + -ing2
Related formsswinge·ing·ly, adverb

swinge

1
[swinj]

verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing. British Dialect.

to thrash; punish.

Origin of swinge

1
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

swinge

2
[swinj]

verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.

to singe.

Origin of swinge

2
First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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swingeing

adjective

mainly British punishing; severe

swinge

verb swinges, swingeing, swinging or swinged

(tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish

Word Origin for swinge

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