- a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter: I was in such a swivet that I could hardly speak.
Origin of swivet
First recorded in 1890–95; origin obscure
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- US informal a state of anxiety, confusion, or excitementdon't get yourself in a swivet
C19: origin unknown
Word Origin and History for swivet
1892, U.S. dialect, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper