Definition of swaddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɒdi/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural swaddies)

British informal, dated
A private soldier.
Example sentences
  • 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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