From (etyl) swolowen, swolwen, . See also (l).
The noun is from late (etyl) , from the verb.
* (l), (l) (obsolete)
To cause (food, drink etc.) to pass from the mouth into the stomach; to take into the stomach through the throat.
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4:
* 2011 , Jonathan Jones, The Guardian , 21 Apr 2011:
- What the liquor was I do not know, but it was not so strong but that I could swallow it in great gulps and found it less burning than my burning throat.
To take (something) in so that it disappears; to consume, absorb.
* John Locke
- Clothes are to be worn and food is to be swallowed : they remain trapped in the physical world.
* 2010 , "What are the wild waves saying", The Economist , 28 Oct 2010:
- The necessary provision of the life swallows the greatest part of their time.
To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagus to achieve this, often taken as a sign of nervousness or strong emotion.
- His body, like so many others swallowed by the ocean’s hungry maw, was never found.
* 1979 , VC Andrews, Flowers in the Attic :
- My throat was so sore that I was unable to swallow .
To accept easily or without questions; to believe, accept.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- She swallowed nervously then, appearing near sick with what she had to say.
* 2011 , Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian , 22 Apr 2011:
- Though that story be not so readily swallowed .
To engross; to appropriate; usually with up .
* Alexander Pope
- Americans swallowed his tale because they wanted to.
To retract; to recant.
- Homer excels in this, that he swallowed up the honour of those who succeeded him.
- to swallow one's opinions
To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation.
- swallowed his vows whole
- to swallow an affront or insult
* bitter pill to swallow
* swallow one's pride
* swallow up
(archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing.
- He took the aspirin with a single swallow of water.
) swealwe, from Germanic. Cognate with Danish svale, Dutch zwaluw, German Schwalbe, Swedish svala.
A small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family with long, pointed, moon-shaped wings and a forked tail which feeds on the wing by catching insects.
(nautical) The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves.
* (small bird of Hirundunudae) martlet
* barn swallow (official British name)
* one swallow does not make a summer
(especially in combination) That has been consumed by eating