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swaddle

[swod-l] /ˈswɒd l/
verb (used with object), swaddled, swaddling.
1.
to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
2.
to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
noun
3.
a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English, in suadiling (gerund); akin by gradation to Middle English swethel (noun), Old English; see swathe, -le
Related forms
unswaddled, adjective
unswaddling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-swaddling

swaddle

/ˈswɒdəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to wind a bandage round
2.
to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
3.
to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
noun
4.
(mainly US) swaddling clothes
Word Origin
C15: from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe
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Word Origin and History for un-swaddling

swaddle

v.

c.1300, probably a frequentative form of Old English swaþian (see swathe). Related: Swaddled; swaddling. Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7.

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