v. (pres. 3 sg.)
'sweeps'(Modern English )
Usually compared with Norw dial sveifa 'to hover, swing' (and further instances of the root in OIcel sveif 'tiller' and sveifla 'to swing' (cp. EFris sweifeln 'to sway' and OHG sweibeln)), on the basis of which ON *sveifa is usually reconstructed (ult. < the root of PGmc *swīfan-, cp. OIcel svífa 'rove, turn, drift', OE swīfan 'revolve, sweep, wend', OFris (pres.) swīva 'to be uncertain', MHG (past sg.) sweif 'to swing'). See also swayf (n.).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
cp. sveif 'tiller'
(ONP cp. sveif (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Norw dial sveifa
Phonological and morphological markers
ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/
The only other plausible occurrence of this v. in ME is a variant MS reading from PP (c1400(c1378) PPl.B (LdMisc 581)). MnE dial swave 'to cause to swing round; wave' is recorded from Cum. in the 19c. (EDD, OED). See also swayf (n.).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
The MS reading of the v. at the start of Cl 222 is most likely <sweued> (see Olsen, Vant apparatus) and, as Menner (416) notes, should not be identified with this v. (as MED does).