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Definition of swaddy in English:
noun (plural swaddies)British informal , dated
A private soldier.
- Approaching a very handsome house, he told me an old swaddy lived there.
- "Can't abide a swaddy," said Joe; "never could."
- Up comes a swaddy in a red cap.
Early 19th century: from dialect swad 'soldier', perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
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