Definition of Sweal

1. v. i. To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to waste away without feeding the flame.



2. v. t. To singe; to scorch; to swale; as, to sweal a pig by singeing off the hair.

Definition of Sweal

1. Verb. (intransitive) To burn slowly. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; waste away without fedding the flame. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To singe; scorch; dress (as a hog) with burning or singeing. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive dialectal) To consume with fire; burn. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive dialectal) To make disappear; cause to waste away; diminish; reduce. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sweal

1. to scorch [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: scorch

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sweal

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swazzle
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sweal (current term)
swealed
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Literary usage of Sweal

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1. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"To sweal. See To SWALE. •SWAP, (swcp) aa. Hastily; with hasty violence, as he did it swap : a low word, e 1? ..."

2. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"To sweal, vn To melt away hastily, 8. " Pinna let the candle meal." Talei of Уу Landlord. 44 Su-cal, to waste away, as a candle blown upon by the wind," ..."

3. A Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: Supplement by John Jamieson (1825)
"To sweal, va To carry a candle in so careless or hurried a way as to make it blaze away ... Dinna let the candle sweaL" Tales of my Landlord, 1 Ser. i. 104. ..."

4. A Vocabulary, Or Collection of Words and Phrases which Have Been Supposed to by John Pickering (1816)
"Bay and Grose mention this as provincial in England: " sweal: singe. ... sweal'd cat; a cat whose hair or fur is singed off by sleeping in the ashes. ..."

5. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1833)
"sweal'-ing,ppr.emitting moisture by the skin, causing to sweat. [sweat. S weal' -in ess, n. moisture from Sweat'-y, a. moist with sweat. ..."

6. A Provincial Glossary: With a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular by Francis Grose (1811)
"N. Swale, or sweal, to singe or burn; as, to sweal a hog; ... sweal is also sometimes applied to a candle that ..."

7. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"To sweal. See To SWALE. •SWAP, (swcp) aa. Hastily; with hasty violence, as he did it swap : a low word, e 1? ..."

8. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"To sweal, vn To melt away hastily, 8. " Pinna let the candle meal." Talei of Уу Landlord. 44 Su-cal, to waste away, as a candle blown upon by the wind," ..."

9. A Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: Supplement by John Jamieson (1825)
"To sweal, va To carry a candle in so careless or hurried a way as to make it blaze away ... Dinna let the candle sweaL" Tales of my Landlord, 1 Ser. i. 104. ..."

10. A Vocabulary, Or Collection of Words and Phrases which Have Been Supposed to by John Pickering (1816)
"Bay and Grose mention this as provincial in England: " sweal: singe. ... sweal'd cat; a cat whose hair or fur is singed off by sleeping in the ashes. ..."

11. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1833)
"sweal'-ing,ppr.emitting moisture by the skin, causing to sweat. [sweat. S weal' -in ess, n. moisture from Sweat'-y, a. moist with sweat. ..."

12. A Provincial Glossary: With a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular by Francis Grose (1811)
"N. Swale, or sweal, to singe or burn; as, to sweal a hog; ... sweal is also sometimes applied to a candle that ..."

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