Definition of swat in English:

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Pronunciation: /swɒt/

verb (swats, swatting, swatted)

[with object]
1Hit or crush (something, especially an insect) with a sharp blow from a flat object: I swatted a mosquito that had landed on my wrist [no object]: she was swatting at a fly
More example sentences
  • The fly then landed on National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Davis (Va.), who tried in vain to swat the insect.
  • These bats are primarily insectivorous, and most hawk insects in flight, often using their wings like tennis rackets and swatting the insects into the tail membrane.
  • The tail is often used as an ‘extra hand’ to swat insects.
1.1Hit (someone) with a sharp blow: she swatted him over the head with a rolled-up magazine
More example sentences
  • She laughed and swatted him with a towel and we witnessed what we would later come to recognize as the rejuvenating power of real estate.
  • My first game was against Stirling County, and Gareth Flockhart just thought I was some little joker and swatted me.
  • Bob swats him away in anger, calls him a queer and tells him to get out.


A sharp blow: the dog gave the hedgehog a sideways swat
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  • ‘She runs voice identification tests on his wife and kids,’ said another secretary in the office whose knuckles appeared to have been bruised by swats from a ruler.
  • Michlen has painful memories of fraternity life at university: paddle swats, punches and a punctured lung.
  • Returning to the toddler analogy, the most you might do is a sharp word or a small swat on the rear.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'sit down'): northern English dialect and US variant of squat.

Words that rhyme with swat

allot, begot, Bernadotte, blot, bot, capot, clot, cocotte, cot, culotte, dot, forgot, garrotte (US garrote), gavotte, got, grot, hot, jot, knot, lot, Mayotte, motte, not, Ott, outshot, plot, pot, rot, sans-culotte, Scot, Scott, shallot, shot, slot, snot, sot, spot, squat, stot, swot, tot, trot, undershot, Wat, Watt, what, wot, yacht

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