swivet

[ swiv-it ]
/ ˈswɪv ɪt /

noun

a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter: I was in such a swivet that I could hardly speak.

Nearby words

  1. swivel gun,
  2. swivel pin,
  3. swivel weaving,
  4. swivel-hipped,
  5. swiveltree,
  6. swiz,
  7. swizzle,
  8. swizzle stick,
  9. swob,
  10. swoffing

Origin of swivet

First recorded in 1890–95; origin obscure

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British Dictionary definitions for swivet

swivet

/ (ˈswɪvɪt) /

noun

US informal a state of anxiety, confusion, or excitementdon't get yourself in a swivet

Word Origin for swivet

C19: origin unknown

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Word Origin and History for swivet

swivet

n.

1892, U.S. dialect, of unknown origin.

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