Swaddle meaning

swŏd'l
To wrap, as in cloth.

He stood on the sidewalk, swaddled in a blanket.

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To wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes.
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To wrap or bind in bandages; swathe.
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A band or cloth used for swaddling.
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To wrap (a newborn baby) in swaddling clothes, a blanket, etc., as to calm it.
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To bind in or as in bandages; swathe.
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A cloth, bandage, etc. used for swaddling.
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To bind (a baby) with long narrow strips of cloth.
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(archaic) To beat; cudgel.
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Anything used to swaddle with, such as a cloth or band.
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Origin of swaddle

  • Middle English swadlen probably back-formation from swadling (band) swaddling (cloth), or swathelbonde both from swathelen probably frequentative of Old English swathian to swathe
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • swathe (“to wrap with fabric") +"Ž -le (frequentative), the word then underwent th-stopping (its voiced th became a d).
    From Wiktionary