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[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with or without object), swopped, swopping, noun


or swop

[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with object), swapped, swapping.
to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another:
He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
verb (used without object), swapped, swapping.
to make an exchange.
an exchange:
He got the radio in a swap.
Origin of swap
1300-50; Middle English swappen to strike, strike hands (in bargaining); cognate with dialectal German schwappen to box (the ears)
Related forms
swapper, noun
unswapped, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for swop
Historical Examples
  • Not that I ever did swop her away, for we lived together till she died, and that was thirteen year.

    Doctor Marigold Charles Dickens
  • But if they refused, or wanted more, they shook their heads and answered "No swop!"

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • If I could only tike them an' you too, swop me bob, I should be 'appy.'

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • "I'd swop all that fizz for a pannikin of tea," declared Joliffe.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • It was him showed me how t' shake my old clock so it'd run fur five minutes, an' then you'd swop that pail yuh found fur it.

  • Suppose we swop stories,—if you really ain't on in this act.

  • All guests therefore were notified to bring anything they wanted to swop or sell to the rooms of the three friends that night.

  • In I walks and offers to swop it with the boss for a dinner.

  • He told me that it was a bore having a lot of sisters, and he'd swop the lot for a twin brother.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • Oh, I know something of him at home, and should like to excuse him—will you swop?

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for swop


noun, verb swops, swopping, swopped
a variant spelling of swap


verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping, swopped
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
an exchange
something that is exchanged
(finance) Also called swap option, swaption. a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)
Derived Forms
swapper, swopper, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for swop



c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1590s, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. Related: Swapped; swapping. The noun in this sense is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for swop


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