AskDefine | Define swat

Dictionary Definition

swat n : a sharp blow v : hit swiftly with a violent blow; "Swat flies" [also: swatting, swatted]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. (transitive or intransitive) to beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit.
    He swatted the mosquito that was buzzing around in his bedroom.
    The cat swatted at the feather.


to beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit


  1. a hard stroke, hit or blow, e.g., as part of a spanking.
  2. the exchange, in turns, of swats, usually with a paddle and o the (sometimes bared) buttocks, either as a macho dare or imposed as a 'self-inflicted' corporal punishment or as part of a fraternity-type hazing.


a hard stroke, hit or blow, e.g., as part of a spanking
the exchange, in turns, of swats

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Old English


From Germanic *swait-, from Indo-European *swoid-.
Cognate with Old Saxon swêt (Dutch zweet), Old High German sweiz (German Schweiß ‘sweat’), Old Norse sveiti ‘sweat, blood’ (Swedish svett, Danish sved). The IE root also gave Latin sudor.


  • /swa:t/


swāt m
  1. blood

Extensive Definition

Swat or SWAT may refer to:

Special Weapons and Tactics



See also

swat in French: SWAT
swat in Korean: 스와트
swat in Italian: Swat
swat in Norwegian: SWAT (andre betydninger)
swat in Polish: Swat (ujednoznacznienie)
swat in Slovenian: SWAT

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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