swack

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots swack, from Middle English swac (weak), from Old English *swæc (found in derivative swæcehēow (weakmindedness, nonsense)), from Proto-Germanic *swakaz (weak). Cognate with German schwach and Dutch zwak.

Adjective[edit]

swack (comparative swacker, superlative swackest)

  1. (Scotland) Lithe; nimble.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 37:
      it came the turn of a brave young childe with a red head and the swackest legs you ever saw, [...] and as soon as he began the drill you saw he'd carry off the prize.

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

swak +‎ -k

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

swack m

  1. Diminutive of swak (brother-in-law)

Declension[edit]