Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Swag intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Swagged
; present participle & verbal noun Swagging
.] [ Confer Icelandic sveggja
to bend, to sway, Norw. svaga
to sway. See Sway
.] 1. To hang or move, as something loose and heavy; to sway; to swing.
[ Prov. Eng.] 2. To sink down by its weight; to sag. Sir H. Wotton.
I swag as a fat person's belly swaggeth as he goeth. Palsgrave.
1. A swaying, irregular motion. 2. A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle. [ Cant or Slang] Charles Reade.
Swag intransitive verb To tramp carrying a swag. [ Australia]
[ Australia] (a) A tramping bushman's luggage, rolled up either in canvas or in a blanket so as to form a long bundle, and carried on the back or over the shoulder; -- called also a bluey , or a drum . (b) Any bundle of luggage similarly rolled up; hence, luggage in general.
He tramped for years till the swag he bore seemed part of himself. Lawson.
Swag-bellied adjective Having a prominent, overhanging belly. Shak.
1. A prominent, overhanging belly. Smollett. 2. (Medicine) Any large tumor developed in the abdomen, and neither fluctuating nor sonorous. Dunglison.
Swage transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Swaged
; present participle & verbal noun Swaging
.] [ Equiv. to suage
, abbrev. from assuage
.] See Assuage .
Swage noun A tool, variously shaped or grooved on the end or face, used by blacksmiths and other workers in metals, for shaping their work, whether sheet metal or forging, by holding the swage upon the work, or the work upon the swage, and striking with a sledge. Swage block , a perforated block of iron, having grooved sides and adapted for use in heading bolts and swaging objects of large size.
Swage transitive verb To shape by means of a swage; to fashion, as a piece of iron, by forcing it into a groove or mold having the required shape.
Swagger intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Swaggered
; present participle & verbal noun Swaggering
.] [ Freq. of swag
.] 1. To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner.
A man who swaggers about London clubs. Beaconsfield. 2. To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious; to bluster; to bully.
What a pleasant it is . . . to swagger at the bar! Arbuthnot.
To be great is not . . . to swagger at our footmen. Colier.
Swagger transitive verb To bully. [ R.] Swift.
Swagger noun The act or manner of a swaggerer.
He gave a half swagger , half leer, as he stepped forth to receive us. W. Irving.
Swagger noun A swagman. [ Australia]
Swaggerer noun One who swaggers; a blusterer; a bully; a boastful, noisy fellow. Shak.
Swaggie noun A swagman. [ Australia]
Swaggy adjective Inclined to swag; sinking, hanging, or leaning by its weight. Sir T. Browne.
Swagman noun A bushman carrying a swag and traveling on foot; -- called also swagsman , swagger , and swaggie .
Swagsman noun A swagman. [ Australia]
[ Middle English swain
, Icelandic sveinn
a boy, servant; akin to Swedish sven
, Danish svend
, Anglo-Saxon swān
, Old High German swein
.] 1. A servant.
Him behoves serve himself that has no swain . Chaucer. 2. A young man dwelling in the country; a rustic; esp., a cuntry gallant or lover; -- chiefly in poetry.
It were a happy life Shak.
To be no better than a homely swain .
Blest swains ! whose nymphs in every grace excel. Pope.
Swainish adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, a swain; rustic; ignorant. "An ungentle and swainish beast." Milton. -- Swain"ish*ness , noun Emerson.
Swainling noun A little swain. [ R.]
Swainmote noun [ Swain + mote meeting: confer Late Latin swanimotum .] (Eng. Forest Law) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, thrice every year, the swains, or freeholders, within the forest composing the jury. [ Written also swanimote , and sweinmote .] Blackstone.
Swainship noun The condition of a swain.
Swaip intransitive verb
[ Confer Sweep
.] To walk proudly; to sweep along.
[ Prov. Eng.] Todd.
. Swelled. Chaucer.
Swale noun [ Confer Icelandic svalr cool, svala to cool.] A valley or low place; a tract of low, and usually wet, land; a moor; a fen. [ Prov. Eng. & Local, U.S.]
Swale intransitive verb & t. To melt and waste away; to singe. See Sweal , v.
Swale noun A gutter in a candle. [ Prov. Eng.]
Swallet noun [ Confer German schwall a sea swell, from schwellen to swell, English swell .] Water breaking in upon the miners at their work; -- so called among tin miners. [ Prov. Eng.]