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noun (plural swaddies)British informal, dated
A private soldier.
- He is hard-drinking, fighting everybody from the neighbourhood gossip to the swaddies.
- In one of his journies from Lewes, Tom picked up some swaddies.
- Up comes a swaddy in a red cap.
Early 19th century: from dialect swad 'soldier', perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
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