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From swatchel, probably from German schwätzeln, from schwatzen.


  • IPA(key): /ˈswɒz(ə)l/
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swazzle (plural swazzles)

  1. A device to change the voice to make it more raspy, used in Punch and Judy performances


swazzle (third-person singular simple present swazzles, present participle swazzling, simple past and past participle swazzled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak using a swazzle.
    • 2005, Bill Drummond, ‎Mark Manning, The Wild Highway (page 384)
      Of course there was more to swazzling than what I could do instinctively. I had to learn to switch from the swazzled voice of Punch to the pantomime-dame voice of Judy.
    • 2018, Robert Charles Hines, Twists and Turns: 13 Tales of the Uneasy (page 126)
      In the background, Mr Punch could be heard swazzling, “That's the way to do it!”