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swingle

1
[ swing-guhl ]
/ ˈswɪŋ gəl /
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noun
a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions.
verb (used with object), swin·gled, swin·gling.
to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and scraping with a swingle.
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Origin of swingle

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1275–1325; Middle English swingel,Old English swingell rod (cognate with Middle Dutch swinghel), equivalent to swing- (see swing1) + -el instrumental suffix (see -le)

OTHER WORDS FROM swingle

un·swin·gled, adjective

Other definitions for swingle (2 of 2)

swingle2
[ swing-guhl ]
/ ˈswɪŋ gəl /

noun Slang.
a single person who is highly active socially and sexually; an unmarried person who swings.

Origin of swingle

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1965–70, Americanism; blend of swing1 (in the slang sense “to engage freely and often in sexual activity”) and single
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British Dictionary definitions for swingle

swingle
/ (ˈswɪŋɡəl) /

noun
a flat-bladed wooden instrument used for beating and scraping flax or hemp to remove coarse matter from it
verb
(tr) to use a swingle on

Word Origin for swingle

Old English swingel stroke; related to Middle High German swüngel, Middle Dutch swinghel
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