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.


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


And the swinked hedger at his supper sat. Milton.


To acquire by labor.


Piers Plowman.

To devour all that others swink. Chaucer.


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

Labor; toil; drudgery.


Chaucer. Spenser.


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