Unknown. Appears, at about the same time, in both the Chester Plays and the Auchinleck manuscript.
swene (plural swenes)
- (regional, obsolete) A noise.
- Make nah swene, ye feckin' getǃ
"Swene" is a fossil word and, at present, can probably only be used and understood by a very few deeply rural speakers in the northern parts of England. It is generally found in the archaic phrase make nah swene.
- James Orchard Halliwell (1847), “SWENE”, in A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II (J–Z), London: John Russell Smith, […], OCLC 1008510154, page 837, column 1.
- The Legend of Pope Gregory