Definition of swivet in English:

swivet

noun

US
  • A fluster or panic.

    ‘the incomprehensible did not throw him into a swivet’
    • ‘He has all the sexual magnetism of a boiled potato, and it is hard to believe that such a bland fellow could throw the likes of her into such a swivet.’
    • ‘I could tell he was getting himself into a swivet again.’
    • ‘The Army officer in tactical command of coalition forces in Iraq says out loud that the war isn't going precisely as planned, and the media works itself into a mouth-breathing, eyeball-popping swivet.’
    • ‘Although the condition in which the folks found the business at the end of the day often sent them into a swivet, the places did turn a nice profit, two and three quarters at a time.’
    • ‘This morning Philip told me, ‘If you'll just hold on for a second, and not be in such a swivet, I'll take you over to my place and you can look it up.’’
    alarm, anxiety, nervousness, fear, fright, trepidation, dread, terror, horror, agitation, hysteria, consternation, perturbation, dismay, disquiet, apprehension, apprehensiveness
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Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

swivet

/ˈswɪvɪt/