1) To singe, scorch or burn, a regional word of Old Norse origin although the vocabulary references are quite late.

1681 the grasse upon the the hay-ground went back so that many fell to mowing to take what there was, lest all should be swithend away, Northowram. Minor place-names provide much earlier evidence: 1246 Swythengate

1404 ‘one piece of land called Swythenknoll’, Old Lindley

1472 ‘an acre of land in Swythenhyll’, Barnsley. See Swithenbank.

dates 1246 1404 1472 1681

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