- sweir (Scotland)
From Middle English swer, sware, from Old English swǣr, swār (“heavy, of great weight, oppressive, grievous, painful, unpleasant, great, sad, feeling or expressing grief, grave, slow, dull, sluggish, slothful, indolent, inactive from weakness, enfeebled, weak”), from Proto-Germanic *swēraz, *swērijaz (“heavy”), from Proto-Indo-European *swēr- (“heavy”). Cognate with West Frisian swier (“heavy, burdensome, onerous, pregnant”), Dutch zwaar (“heavy, hard, difficult”), German schwer (“difficult, hard, heavy”), Swedish svår (“hard, severe, difficult, heavy”), Latin sērius (“earnest, serious”), Lithuanian swarus (“heavy”), Albanian var (“to hang, burden, annoy”).
- IPA: /swɪə/
- (UK dialectal) Heavy.
- (UK dialectal) Dull; indolent; lazy.
- (UK dialectal) Reluctant; unwilling; disinclined.
- IPA: /swir/
- 2000, The flouer's bonniness minded him o cantier times but the rose itsel wis mingin wi sweir connotations. But n Ben A-Go-Go p.6