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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *swībaną (to move), from Proto-Indo-European *swey- (to swing, sweep, bend). Cognate with Old Frisian swīva, swīfa (to waver), Old Norse svífa (to drift, ramble, rove), Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (sweiban).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

swīfan

  1. to move in a course, revolve
  2. to sweep
  3. to intervene

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DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: swiven