Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Heavy.
  • Dull; indolent; lazy.
  • Reluctant; unwilling.

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  • adjective Heavy.
  • adjective Dull; indolent; lazy.
  • adjective Reluctant; unwilling; disinclined.

Etymologies

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From Middle English swer, sware, from Old English swǣr, swār ("heavy, of great weight, oppressive, grievous, painful, unpleasant, great, sad, feeling or expressing grief, grave, slow, dull, sluggish, slothful, indolent, inactive from weakness, enfeebled, weak"), from Proto-Germanic *swēraz, *swērijaz (“heavy”), from Proto-Indo-European *swēr- (“heavy”). Cognate with West Frisian swier ("heavy, burdensome, onerous, pregnant"), Dutch zwaar ("heavy, hard, difficult"), German schwer ("difficult, hard, heavy"), Swedish svår ("hard, severe, difficult, heavy"), Latin sērius ("earnest, serious"), Lithuanian swarus ("heavy"), Albanian var ("to hang, burden, annoy").

Examples

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  • Slang equivalent of selcouth. Cool or sweet in a strange way.

    From a typo of "sweet", presumably. I got the word from instant messaging with an amiable AIM stalker several years ago.

    August 8, 2008

  • The Strolling Scot wears Highland gear

    And lets the tourists buy him beer.

    It's a sweet gig to get

    And done without sweat,

    Ideal if your thirsty and sweer.

    November 13, 2014