verb (used with object), swin·gled, swin·gling.
Origin of swingle1
Definition for swingle (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for swingle
To keep the latter in check, Captain Swingle and his howitzers were employed night and day.By-Ways of War|James Jeffrey Roche
Dey had a stick called a swingle stick, made kinder like a sword.
Fire Chief Swingle sent notice to the managers that all aisles must be kept cleared.Chicago's Awful Theater Horror|Various
Two stout sticks, the handstaff and the swingle, attached to each other by a strong band of gut, constitute its simple mechanism.A Cotswold Village|J. Arthur Gibbs
A man could swingle forty pounds of flax a day, but it was hard work.Home Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for swingle
Word Origin for swingle
Word Origin and History for swingle
"instrument for beating flax," early 14c., from Middle Dutch swinghel "swingle for flax," cognate with Old English swingel "beating, stick to beat," from swingan "to beat, strike, whip" (see swing (v.)) + instrumental suffix -le. Or perhaps directly from the Old English word, with narrowing of sense.