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I think this comes from Old Norse. Could we chech it somehow? I really like this word, and would like to use it in Danish. But I need affirmation that it is Norse and not German. Fnidner 18:45, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes, from þvætta. See in “tvætte” in Ordbog over det danske Sprog. The uſer hight Bogorm converſation 08:28, 29 April 2009 (UTC)