- to hit; slap; smack.
- Baseball. to hit (a ball) powerfully, usually for a long distance.
- a smart blow; slap; smack.
- Baseball. a powerfully hit ball.
Origin of swat1
- simple past tense and past participle of sweat.
- a former princely state in NW India: now a part of Pakistan.
- Also Swati. a Muslim inhabitant of Swat.
- a special section of some law enforcement agencies trained and equipped to deal with especially dangerous or violent situations, as when hostages are being held (often used attributively): a SWAT team.
- Usually swat. (especially among online video gamers) to cause a SWAT team to be deployed on (an unsuspecting victim) by falsifying a threat, often as a punishment or retaliation: The prankster planned to swat other gamers during their streaming broadcasts so everyone would see it happen. Several members of the development team were swatted when the game expansion disappointed fans.
Origin of SWAT
Related Words for swatknock, smash, slap, whack, smack, clobber, slug, box, ding, biff, beat, sock, clout, cuff, buffet, wallop, strike, belt
Examples from the Web for swat
Contemporary Examples of swat
Hence the SWAT teams and armored trucks surrounding his house.Hunt for Iraq Vet After Killing Spree
December 16, 2014
Time was suspended as the world watched and waited for news about the young, brave girl from the Swat Valley.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
SWAT teams from larger cities like Manchester and Nashua showed up early, Taylor said.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
You were also in SWAT early on, which has the most ridiculous plot ever.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye
September 29, 2014
Hoech approached the line of police and SWAT vehicles in his sedan late Tuesday, turned around, and parked.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of swat
He professed to be a successor of the great Akhund of Swat, and to have inherited his powers.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
It's like trying to swat a fly to come down on you at the right minute.
I have told you that an elephant can "swat" the flies with a bough which he holds in his trunk.The Wonders of the Jungle
Prince Sarath Ghosh
At school, he is a "smug" or a "swat," while the Red-blood is captain of the Eleven.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Let Swat bury the great AhkoondWith a noise of mourning and of lamentation!The Book of Humorous Verse
- to strike or hit sharplyto swat a fly
- another word (esp Brit) for swatter (def. 1)
- a sharp or violent blow
Word Origin for swat
- a variant of swot 1
- a former princely state of NW India: passed to Pakistan in 1947
- a river in Pakistan, rising in the north and flowing south to the Kabul River north of Peshawar. Length: about 640 km (400 miles)
- Special Weapons and Tactics: a military-like unit within the US police force, trained to deal with specially dangerous situations, such as hostage-taking and riots
1796, American English and northern England dialect word, possibly an alteration of Middle English swap "to strike, smite" (see swap), ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Swatted; swatting. The noun is recorded from 1800.