(archaic) To cause to toil or drudge; to tire or exhaust with labor.
Origin of swink
- From Middle English swinken, from Old English swincan (“to labour, work at, strive, struggle; be in trouble; languish"), from Proto-Germanic *swinkanÄ… (“to swing, bend"), from Proto-Indo-European *sweng-, *swenk- (“to bend, swing, swivel"). Cognate with Old Norse svinka (“to work"). Related to swing.
- From Middle English swink, from Old English swinc (“toil, work, effort; hardship; the produce of labour").