Variant of swaddle
transitive verb swaddled, swaddling
- to wrap (a newborn baby) in swaddling clothes, a blanket, etc.
- to bind in or as in bandages; swathe
Origin: Middle English swathlen, probably altered (infl. by swathen, to swathe) ; from swethlen ; from Old English swethel, swaddling band, akin to swathian, to swathe
a cloth, bandage, etc. used for swaddling
Origin: ME swathil < OE swethel: see swaddlethe