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[swot-er] /ˈswɒt ər/
a person or thing that swats.
Origin of swatter
First recorded in 1910-15; swat1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • swatter—I see you are mentioned in one of the books just published.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • The player with the swatter runs on and places it in the hands of some other player.

  • One player carrying a swatter (belt, knotted towel, etc.), runs around outside of circle and places swatter in someone's hand.

  • Several leaves, tied to the end of a stick, are used as a swatter to catch fruit bats in flight: Caesalpinia nuga.

  • Killing enraged bees with a swatter or the end of a broom or plank was keen sport and one culled with knife edge excitement.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • The player with the swatter follows the runner and swats him until he is back in position.

British Dictionary definitions for swatter


a device for killing insects, esp a meshed flat attached to a handle
a person who swats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for swatter

"instrument for swatting flies," 1917, agent noun from swat (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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