Swink (?), v. i. [imp. Swank (?), Swonk (); p. p. Swonken (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Swinking.] [AS. swincan, akin to swingan. See Swing.]

To labor; to toil; to salve.

[Obs. or Archaic]

Or swink with his hands and labor. Chaucer.

For which men swink and sweat incessantly. Spenser.

The swinking crowd at every stroke pant "Ho." Sir Samuel Freguson.

 

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Swink, v. t.

1.

To cause to toil or drudge; to tire or exhaust with labor.

[Obs.]

And the swinked hedger at his supper sat. Milton.

2.

To acquire by labor.

[Obs.]

Piers Plowman.

To devour all that others swink. Chaucer.

 

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Swink, n. [As. swinc, geswinc.]

Labor; toil; drudgery.

[Obs.]

Chaucer. Spenser.

 

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