1. To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it; to scutch.
2. To beat off the tops of without pulling up the roots; said of weeds.
Origin: See Swingel.
A wooden instrument like a large knife, about two feet long, with one thin edge, used for beating and cleaning flax; a scutcher; called also swingling knife, swingling staff, and swingling wand.