From (etyl) sliven, from (etyl) .
(transitive, obsolete, or, dialectal) To cut; split; separate.
(transitive, obsolete, or, dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) To cut or slice something off; separate by slicing.
(dialectal) A slice or sliver; , chip.
Perhaps related to (l).
(dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To sneak; skulk; proceed in a sly way; creep.
To copulate with (a woman).
* c.1674 , John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, A Satyr on Charles II
* 2005 , Sophia B. Johnson, Risk Everything :
- 'Tis sure the sauciest prick that e'er did swive
* 2008 , Sarah McKerrigan, Lady Danger :
- “You were in such heat to swive me, you tore the clothes from your body.”
* 2009 , Bernard Cornwell, Gallows Thief :
- He didn't intend to swive her here in the tiltyard, did he? Surely he was not so heathen as that.
(dialectal) To cut a crop in a sweeping or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, Agricultural Surveys: pts. 1-2. South Wales (1815) , page 426
- His mother was a holy damned fool and swiving her was like rogering a prayerful mouse, and the bloody fool thinks he's taken after her, but he hasn't.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, General view of the agriculture and domestic economy of South Wales, Volume 1 , page 425
- The cradled scythes of the Vale of Towey were scarcely known in the Vale of Teivy; and the swiving method of reaping wheat in the latter, was as little known in the former ...
* 1905 , Joseph Wright, English Dialect Dictionary , page 893
- Swiving is a method first adopted apparently in Cardiganshire ...
* 1929 , Mary Gladys Meredith Webb, Precious Bane
- swive' ... to cut grain or beans with a broad hook; to mow with a reaping-hook ... "swiver": a reaper who "' swives " the grain
* 1955 , Ceredigion Historical Society, Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Association - Volumes 2-3 , page 160
- We started swiving , that is reaping, at the beginning of August-month, and we left the stooks [stalks] standing in the fields ...
- Moreover, according to Walter Davies "swiving " was a method of reaping first adopted in Cardiganshire.
* (l) (noun)