Sweal meaning

(intransitive) To burn slowly.
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(intransitive) To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; waste away without feeding the flame.

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To singe; scorch; dress (as a hog) with burning or singeing.
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(dialectal) To consume with fire; burn.
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(dialectal) To make disappear; cause to waste away; diminish; reduce.
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Origin of sweal

  • From Middle English swelen, from Old English swelan (“to burn, be burnt up, inflame”, st vb) (compare Old English swǣlan (“to burn”, wk vb)), from Proto-Germanic *swelaną (“to smoulder, burn slowly, cool”), from Proto-Indo-European *swel- (“to shine, warm”). Cognate with Dutch zwelen (“to smoulder”), Low German swelen (“to smoulder”), German schwelen (“to smoulder”), Icelandic svala (“to cool”). Related to swelter.
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