Swad\, n. [Probably fr. AS. swe?ian to bind.] [Written also swod.]

1. A cod, or pod, as of beans or pease. [Prov. Eng.]

Swad, in the north, is a peascod shell -- thence used for an empty, shallow-headed fellow. --Blount.

2. A clown; a country bumpkin. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] "Country swains, and silly swads." --Greene.

There was one busy fellow was their leader, A blunt, squat swad, but lower than yourself. --B. Jonson.

3. A lump of mass; also, a crowd. [Low, U.S.]

4. (Coal Mining) A thin layer of refuse at the bottom of a seam. --Raymond.
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