swither

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swither agitation resulting from active worry "don't get in a stew","he's in a sweat about exams"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swither To fail; falter; hesitate.
    • swither To fear.
    • n swither Doubt; hesitation; perplexity; a state of irresolute wavering.
    • n swither A fright.
    • n swither A perspiration.
    • swither To burn; scorch.
    • swither To emit a whirring sound; whizz.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Swither swith′ėr (prov.) to doubt, hesitate
    • n Swither hesitation: a fright, a sweat
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Usage

In literature:

Ye may be sure this put them in an awfu' swither.
"Folk-Lore and Legends Scotland" by Anonymous
If I hae swithered in my loyalty before, I'll do sae nae mair.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
I'm all a-swither, sweating like a brock.
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Meanwhile the big mother moose was thrashing around in the bushes in a terrible swither, calling her calf to come.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
As I say, I sat swithering 'twixt will and will-not.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
He seemed to be in a swither whether to return home, to follow ye, or to lie down and die by the road.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
I scratched m' head an' swithered till I thought m' brains wud turn t' stone.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
Three women bought furs while I was swithering about mine.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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In poetry:

Will, wha lang had rued and swither'd
(Aye asham'd o' past disgrace)
Mark'd the roses as they wither'd
Fast on Jeanie's lovely face!
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Swithering by Robin Robertson Harcourt, 85 pp.
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