from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term of contempt for an Irish Methodist.

from The 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.]


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  • "swaddlers - The tenth order of the canting tribe, who not only rob, but beat, and often murder passengers. Cant. - Swaddlers is also the Irish name for methodists."

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 6, 2008

  • See citation on pailliard.

    September 6, 2008