From Middle English swink, from Old English swinc (â€œtoil, work, effort; hardship; the produce of labourâ€).
(third-person singular simple present swinks, present participle swinking, simple past swank, swonk, swinkt, or swinked, past participle swunk, swunken, swonken, swinkt, or swinked)
- (archaic, intransitive) to labour, to work hard
- (archaic) To cause to toil or drudge; to tire or exhaust with labor.
From Middle English swinken, from Old English swincan (â€œto labour, work at, strive, struggle; be in trouble; languishâ€), from Proto-Germanic *swinkanÄ… (â€œto swing, bendâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *sweng-, *swenk- (â€œto bend, swing, swivelâ€). Cognate with Old Norse svinka (â€œto workâ€). Related to swing.