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verb (used with object), swapped, swap·ping.
  1. to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another: He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. to make an exchange.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of swapping

  • Beyond that of swapping that firebreather of yours for another mount, I mean?

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • There was swapping of horses by the men or of fruit or vegetable preserves by the women.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • As they were swapping yarns a man rode into the settlement from the southwest.

  • I say, Mrs. Rivers,' he said, 'Swapping shouldn't be allowed.'

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay

  • And their swapping the prizes will make a peach of a follow-up story.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds

British Dictionary definitions for swapping



verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping or swopped
  1. to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
  1. an exchange
  2. something that is exchanged
  3. 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 swapping



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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