verb (used with object), swaddled, swaddling.
to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.

1375–1425; late Middle English, in suadiling (gerund); akin by gradation to Middle English swethel (noun), Old English; see swathe, -le

unswaddled, adjective
unswaddling, adjective
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swaddle (ˈswɒdəl)
1.  to wind a bandage round
2.  to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
3.  to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
4.  chiefly (US) swaddling clothes
[C15: from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably a frequentative form of O.E. swaþian (see swathe). Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7.
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Example sentences
He uses one part to swaddle his beloved grandfather but sets the other part aside.
Main courses drift toward the comfort zone, with purées and soft polenta to swaddle homey ingredients in a cushiony layer.
The swaddle blanket is included, and was never used.
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