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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWAAR, adj Also swar. Heavy, weighted down (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl.); of a boat: with too high rigging, top-heavy (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 211). See also top-swar s.v. Tap, n.1, 2. (10). [swɑ:r]

[Norw. s.vær, L.Ger. swar, Du. zwaar, heavy.]

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