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.

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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Examples from the Web for swapped

Contemporary Examples of swapped

Historical Examples of swapped

  • The boys had ridden back, swapped them for their own, and hit the trail.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • As for Vee and me, we swapped an amused glance now and then and enjoyed the performance.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • You know I swapped brains with him, and I know him as well as I know myself.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • They can be swapped for duck and chickens, but what a bother to get them.

  • While they fed, watered, and saddled they swapped gossip with the wrangler.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for swapped



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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Word Origin and History for swapped



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.

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