Meaning of swaddling clothes
- clothes consisting of long, narrow strips of cloth for swaddling an infant.
- long garments for an infant.
- the period of infancy or immaturity, as of a person, or incipience, as of a thing: Nuclear energy is still in its swaddling clothes.
- rigid supervision or restriction of actions or movements, as of the immature:Also called new nations that are freeing themselves of their swaddling clothes.