Earlier swey, from Middle English sweyen, from Old Norse sveigja, from Proto-Germanic *swaigijaną (compare Saterland Frisian swooie ("to swing, wave, wobble"), Dutch zwaaien, Dutch Low Saxon sweuen, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₁- (compare Lithuanian svaĩgti, the second element of Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬱𐬑𐬎𐬀𐬑𐬙𐬀, Sanskrit स्वजते.
The noun derived from the verb.
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