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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [swod-l]
    • /ˈswɒd l/
    • /ˈswɒd.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [swod-l]
    • /ˈswɒd l/

Definitions of swaddle word

  • verb with object swaddle to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes. 1
  • verb with object swaddle to wrap (anything) round with bandages. 1
  • noun swaddle a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging. 1
  • transitive verb swaddle baby: wrap up tightly 1
  • verb swaddle If you swaddle a baby, you wrap cloth around it in order to keep it warm or to prevent it from moving. 0
  • verb swaddle to wind a bandage round 0

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Origin of swaddle

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English, in suadiling (gerund); akin by gradation to Middle English swethel (noun), Old English; see swathe1, -le

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Parts of speech for Swaddle


swaddle popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

swaddle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for swaddle

verb swaddle

  • apparelled — clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
  • bedizen — to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly
  • breech — The breech of a gun is the part of the barrel at the back into which you load the bullets.
  • breeched — the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
  • breeches — Breeches are trousers which reach as far as your knees.

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