- (British English) [colloquial] [pejorative]
matado, (-da) (masculine, feminine) or (Colombia) pilo, (-la) (masculine, feminine) or (Chile) mateo, (-tea) (masculine, feminine) or (Peru) chancón, (-cona) (masculine, feminine) or (River Plate area) traga (masculine and feminine) or (Spain) empollón, (-llona) (masculine, feminine) [colloquial] [pejorative]Example sentences
- That speech confirms what many people feel and fear about politicians: that they were the most despised classmates at school - the swot, the precocious prat, the political trainspotter.
- The unloved school swots of the 20th century have blossomed into the alpha group of the 21st.
- Even in Shakespeare's day, school was for girlie swots rather than naughty boys.
intransitive verb -tt-
- (British English) [colloquial]
estudiar como loco [colloquial]
empollar (Spain) [colloquial]
matearse (Chile) [colloquial]
chancar (Peru) [slang]
tragar (River Plate area) [colloquial]Example sentences
- Just last week the wonderfully named teenager Seb Clover sailed solo across the Atlantic at a time when most of his peers are swotting for exams.
- Serves me right for reading the Economist when I should have been swotting for my year 2 exams.
- I suppose I should be swotting madly to be prepared for the big meeting with the supervisor tomorrow, however.
- The new site offers visitors not just information on the school, but a chance to swot up on subjects as well.
- Hobbs, who left school at 16 without a qualification to his name, defied his detractors by swotting up on what makes a successful health club.
- She likes Charles Dickens' novels - Nicholas Nickleby is her favourite - and after choosing her specialist subject she then had a fortnight to swot up on the writer.