beswinken etymology

Middle English word beswinken comes from English besmirch, English swink, Old English swincan (To toil, labour.)

Detailed word origin of beswinken

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
besmirch English (eng) (transitive) To tarnish something, especially someone's reputation; to debase.. (transitive, literary) To make dirty; to soil.
swink English (eng) (archaic, intransitive) to labour, to work hard. (archaic, transitive) To cause to toil or drudge; to tire or exhaust with labor. (archaic) toil, work, drudgery.
swincan Old English (ang) To toil, labour.
beswincan Old English (ang) To labour for or at, swink, toil, make with toil.
beswinken Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as beswinken

Descendants of swincan