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Etymology 1[edit]

A swede.

From the earlier term Swedish turnip, because the Swedes introduced the plant to the English in the 1700s.


swede (plural swedes)

  1. (chiefly Britain) The fleshy yellow root of a variety of rape, Brassica napus var. napobrassica, resembling a large turnip, grown as a vegetable.
  2. The plant from which this is obtained.
  3. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England) The turnip.
  4. (UK, slang) The head.
    • 2005, The Spectator, volume 299, page 49:
      Gotta be so careful nowadays; local copper's no problem but the cow from the council done me 'cos this almost brained a punter when it fell on his swede.

Etymology 2[edit]

Coined by Michel Gondry in the film Be Kind Rewind, from the claim that films produced in this way were imported from Sweden.


swede (third-person singular simple present swedes, present participle sweding, simple past and past participle sweded)

  1. To produce a low-budget remake of a film without the use of professional actors or filming techniques.
    • 2008, “The Five Most Awesomely Sweded Movies”, in Esquire:
      Chances are you've sweded something before without even knowing it.
    • 2014, The Guardian, Sweded movies: the end of Hollywood as we know it?[1]:
      Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones and John Rambo are this era's King Arthur, Beowulf and Robin Hood – and sweding represents a playful and heartfelt engagement with their myths.