When you swathe yourself in a blanket, you are wrapping or swaddling yourself up in it. Swathe a baby up and you're creating a little cocoon where she can sleep.

Sometimes spelled "swath," swathe is commonly used to talk about how you wrap up a baby in a soft blanket. The verb can also refer to binding a wound with bandages; as a noun, a swathe is a long strip or bandage to protect a wound. Swathe derives from an Old English word, swaþian, which means "to wrap."

Definitions of swathe
  1. verb
    wrap in swaddling clothes
    synonyms: swaddle
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    type of:
    make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
  2. noun
    an enveloping bandage
    synonyms: wrapping
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    type of:
    bandage, patch
    a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
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