from The Century Dictionary.
- Full of swads or pods. Cotgrave, under soussu.
- noun A soldier; especially, a soldier in the militia; originally, a discharged soldier.
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"Oh, I say, I wish I warn't a swaddy," he whispered.
That I may never, if a finer swaddy ever crossed my hands.
"Here comes the young swaddy** Whose money we squandered,
Here, that's not the way, swaddy, "he continued, joining the two soldiers, who, each still holding his musket in his hand, were fumbling awkwardly with the long ladder in carrying it across the yard.
But you do wish you was a swaddy now, and wore a red coat instead of a blue. "
Here's a tipsy swaddy lying dead asleep; shall I gi'e him a bucket o 'hop-wash? "
"Curse pipeclay and red blanketing, and the life of a swaddy.