Definition of swaddle in English:

swaddle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Wrap (someone, especially a baby) in garments or cloth.

    ‘she swaddled the baby tightly’
    figurative ‘they have grown up swaddled in consumer technology’
    • ‘Baby Wrapping for Beginners, by Andrea Sarvady, teaches how to swaddle and sling your baby in creative style.’
    • ‘Most rural and low-income women breastfeed, wrap, and swaddle their babies, sometimes for as long as two years.’
    • ‘They are tightly swaddled when in their cribs and carried by their mothers.’
    • ‘Babies are swaddled in on their backs on traditional baby boards.’
    • ‘Monty returned with the baby swaddled and pinkly clean.’
    • ‘Babies are swaddled, and children are regarded as incapable of self-control until age four.’
    • ‘Children were swaddled with various methods, depending on the region.’
    • ‘Traditionally, newborns were swaddled; today they are wrapped in warm blankets when they are very young, but swaddling is no longer practiced.’
    • ‘She was gone before her baby was properly swaddled, and her name was just about all Virginie knew of her.’
    • ‘They usually are swaddled tightly in blankets when they are very small.’
    • ‘Startled into silence, I watched as it cleaned my cousin in a basin and swaddled her in a cloth before handing her to my father, the Clan's head, waiting outside.’
    • ‘Infants used to be swaddled at birth and are still wrapped and bundled tightly except during bathing and diapering.’
    • ‘I remember being swaddled in blankets, then being swathed with cold washcloths.’
    • ‘I hold him and try to hug him and remember how the nurses swaddled him tightly when he was born, bound him so he would feel secure.’
    • ‘Every baby I would swaddle would end up busting out of his bundle and crying his damn little head off, limbs flailing and clawing at the air.’
    • ‘His eyes widened as she unwrapped the sword from the black cloth she had swaddled it in.’
    • ‘By my side, waiting at the next till, was a young woman, bright and bonny, holding a tiny baby in the crook of her arm, all carefully wrapped and swaddled.’
    • ‘Even newborn babies were not washed, and until the eighteenth century they were swaddled in bands of cloth that were changed twice a day at most.’
    • ‘In one case, Leonarde even proved a more vigilant caregiver than Huguette, when she uncovered Claude at night after Huguette had swaddled him too tightly.’
    • ‘To keep Iraqi Republican Guard snipers from seeing the glow of my computer screen, I swaddled the laptop in a thick blanket and a rubber poncho.’
    surround, cover, enfold, enwrap, blanket, swathe, swaddle, engulf, encircle, encompass, cocoon, sheathe, encase, enclose
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Origin

Middle English: frequentative of swathe.

Pronunciation:

swaddle

/ˈswädl/