Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contemptuous name applied by Roman Catholics in Ireland to the early Methodists: said to have originated from a sermon preached on the infant Christ “wrapped in swaddling-clothes.” [Slang.]
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A term of contempt for an Irish Methodist.
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“Oh, we must have purchased the wrong swaddler, so I bought another.”
“The only swaddler that worked for our Houdini was The Miracle Blanket.”
“You could get a swaddler and regular sleepsack in different colors.”
“Most sleepsacks run about $20 and come in a swaddler version for newborns.”
“She won't be sleeping in a swaddler, your bed, etc. her whole life.”
“Is he a jew or a gentile or a holy Roman or a swaddler or what the hell is he? says Ned.”
“Press_, where the peer and the commoner, the priest and the alderman, the friar and the swaddler,  can stretch themselves at full length, provided they be not too churlish, let us laugh at those who breed useless quarrels, and set to the world the bright example of toleration and benevolence.”
“-- Is he a jew or a gentile or a holy Roman or a swaddler or what the hell is he? says Ned.”
“How durst you call me a swaddler, sir?" says the Pope, forgetting, the dear man, the part that he was acting.”
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