Definition of swither in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɪðə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary



[no object]
Be uncertain as to which course of action to choose: Leonard swithered as to whether he should enter the arts or commerce
More example sentences
  • It's like the MMR jab, people were swithering whether to go ahead with it.
  • So, I'm swithering at the moment about whether I will realistically be able to give up the alcohol.
  • On the day she saw the GP, Del Veneziano was still swithering.


[in singular]
A state of uncertainty.
Example sentences
  • It's an exhilarating poem with its paradoxical guarantee of risk: there is nothing as vacillating here as a ‘swither’ and it is none the worse for it.
  • I pursued my journey to Fulton, and laughed heartily to think what a swither I had left poor Job in.
  • They found the office in a "swither," as Harry said, over the revelations of fraud that were coming to light every day.


Early 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with swither

dither, hither, slither, thither, whither, wither, zither

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