Definition of swaddy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈswɒdi

noun (plural swaddies)

British informal , dated
A private soldier.
More example sentences
  • 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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