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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To declare; swear. Used in the phrase I swanny as an interjection. See Regional Note at vum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a swan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Swanlike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swanlike.


Probably alteration of dialectal (I) s' wan ye, (I) shall warrant ye.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
swan +‎ -y (Wiktionary)



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  • swan or swanny: meaning "swear" -

    As used in the (Southern?) expressions, "Well, I swan" or "Now, I swanny!"

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word swanny derives from the dialect of the north of England: I s' wan ye, "I shall warrant ye."

    November 11, 2008