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swingle1

[swing-guh l] /ˈswɪŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a swipple.
2.
a wooden instrument shaped like a large knife, for beating flax or hemp and scraping from it the woody or coarse portions.
verb (used with object), swingled, swingling.
3.
to clean (flax or hemp) by beating and scraping with a swingle.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English swingel, Old English swingell rod (cognate with Middle Dutch swinghel), equivalent to swing- (see swing1) + -el instrumental suffix (see -le)
Related forms
unswingled, adjective

swingle2

[swing-guh l] /ˈswɪŋ gəl/
noun, Slang.
1.
a single person who is highly active socially and sexually; an unmarried person who swings.
Origin
1965-70, Americanism; blend of swing1 ( def 19 ) and single
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British Dictionary definitions for swingle

swingle

/ˈswɪŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a flat-bladed wooden instrument used for beating and scraping flax or hemp to remove coarse matter from it
verb
2.
(transitive) to use a swingle on
Word Origin
Old English swingel stroke; related to Middle High German swüngel, Middle Dutch swinghel
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Word Origin and History for swingle
n.

"instrument for beating flax," early 14c., from Middle Dutch swinghel "swingle for flax," cognate with Old English swingel "beating, stick to beat," from swingan "to beat, strike, whip" (see swing (v.)) + instrumental suffix -le. Or perhaps directly from the Old English word, with narrowing of sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for swingle

swingle

noun

swinging single


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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