forswunk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forswunken, past participle of forswinken (to overwork), equivalent to for- +‎ swunk. More at forswink.

Adjective[edit]

forswunk (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) totally worn out of work
    • 1943, "Just Another Word: Comprising A Word in Your Ear & Just Another Word", Ivor John Carnegie Brown, Ivor Brown, p. 112
      If indeed he had so turned from Latin texts to garden-tools, he would certainly have been forswunk.