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[swingk]British Archaic.
verb (used without object), swank or swonk, swonk·en, swink·ing, noun
  1. labor; toil.
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Origin of swink

before 900; Middle English swinken, Old English swincan; akin to swing1
Related formsswink·er, noun
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Historical Examples of swink

  • Blink, Swink and Jink said, “He wants a 106 crooked hat put on straight.”

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    Carl Sandburg

  • And if thou mayst not, then may we find somewhat to swink at for a wage, and so maintain thee and us.

  • He sold out to Senator Swink and others and moved on to Chicago, his early stamping ground.

British Dictionary definitions for swink


  1. (intr) to toil or drudge
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  1. toil or drudgery
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Derived Formsswinker, noun

Word Origin for swink

Old English swinc, from swincan
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