Origin of swiddenultimately from obsolete or dialect, dialectal swithen, to burn, scorch
Origin of swiddenDialectal alteration of obsolete swithen from Old Norse svidhna to be burned
(third-person singular simple present swiddens, present participle swiddening, simple past and past participle swiddened)
- to clear an area of land by cutting and burning
From Middle English swithen (“to burn, scorch, singe"), from Old Norse sviÃ°na (“to be burned").