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swab

[ swob ]
/ swɒb /
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noun
verb (used with object), swabbed, swab·bing.
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Origin of swab

First recorded in 1645–55; back formation from swabber

OTHER WORDS FROM swab

un·swabbed, adjective

Words nearby swab

Other definitions for swab (2 of 2)

Swab.

abbreviation
Swabia.
Swabian.
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British Dictionary definitions for swab

swab
/ (swɒb) /

noun
med
  1. a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc, for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc
  2. the specimen so obtained
a mop for cleaning floors, decks, etc
a brush used to clean a firearm's bore
slang an uncouth or worthless fellow
verb swabs, swabbing or swabbed
(tr) to clean or medicate with or as if with a swab
(tr foll by up) to take up with a swab

Word Origin for swab

C16: probably from Middle Dutch swabbe mop; related to Norwegian svabba to splash, Dutch zwabberen to mop, German schwappen to slop over
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