[ swop ]
/ swɒp /

verb (used with object), swapped, swap·ping.

to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another: He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
to substitute (one thing) for another (sometimes followed by in): Swap in red wine for white, since powerful nutrients are in the red grape's skin.
to replace (one thing) with another (sometimes followed by out): To cut down on fat, swap cream for milk.

verb (used without object), swapped, swap·ping.

to make an exchange.


an exchange: He got the radio in a swap.

Nearby words

  1. swansea,
  2. swanskin,
  3. swanson,
  4. swanson, gloria,
  5. swanz,
  6. swap (switch) horses in midstream,
  7. swap horses,
  8. swap meet,
  9. swap shop,
  10. swapo

Also especially British, swop.

Origin of swap

1300–50; Middle English swappen “to strike, strike hands (in bargaining)”; cognate with dialectal German schwappen “to clap, box (the ears)”

Related formsswap·per, nounun·swapped, adjective

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/ (swɒp) /

verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping or swopped

to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another


an exchange
something that is exchanged
Also called: swap option, swaption finance 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 Formsswapper or swopper, noun

Word Origin for swap

C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin

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