Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Symbols Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

SWAB, v.1 In vbl.n. swabing, a beating, thrashing.Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 215:
Poor John underwent a dreadful swabing for this.

[Voiced or intensive variant of Mid.Eng. swap, to strike, beat, of echoic orig. Cf. however Swabble, v.1 and L.Ger. s(ch)wabben, to splash about, to wobble or quiver in movement, to slap, smack, prob. cogn. with Eng. swab, to mop or souse.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Swab v.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/swab_v1>

26346

snd

Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: