swither

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1501; of unknown origin.

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Verb[edit]

swither (third-person singular simple present swithers, present participle swithering, simple past and past participle swithered)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To be indecisive or in a state of confusion; to dither.
  2. To move or swing about.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, OCLC 751607287, page 51:
      He was filling his pipe, staring at his picture, not her, and this tacit dismissal allowed her to sidle over to the bank higher up, and there swither her legs about in the water before coming out of it.

Noun[edit]

swither (plural swithers)

  1. (chiefly Scotland, Northern England) A state of indecision or confusion; a panicked state; a flap, fluster, or dither.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, OCLC 751607287, page 49:
      Bradly came bristling to the lagoon the following afternoon, in a swither of alarm and expectation.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1501; of unknown origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

swither (third-person singular simple present swithers, present participle switherin, simple past swithert, past participle swithert)

  1. to be indecisive, to dither, to hesitate.
  2. to doubt, to be doubtful, to fear.
  3. to fail, to falter, to waver.

Noun[edit]

swither (plural swithers)

  1. doubt, hesitation.
  2. a state of wavering.
  3. a fright.