[ swoth, swawth ]
/ swɒθ, swɔθ /


the space covered by the stroke of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine.
the piece or strip so cut.
a line or ridge of grass, grain, or the like, cut and thrown together by a scythe or mowing machine.
a strip, belt, or long and relatively narrow extent of anything.


    cut a swath, to make a pretentious display; attract notice: The new doctor cut a swath in the small community.
Also swathe.

Origin of swath

before 900; Middle English; Old English swæth footprint; cognate with German Shwade

Can be confused

swath swathe
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British Dictionary definitions for swath


swathe (sweɪð)

/ (swɔːθ) /

noun plural swaths (swɔːðz) or swathes

the width of one sweep of a scythe or of the blade of a mowing machine
the strip cut by either of these in one course
the quantity of cut grass, hay, or similar crop left in one course of such mowing
a long narrow strip or belt

Word Origin for swath

Old English swæth; related to Old Norse svath smooth patch
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Idioms and Phrases with swath


see cut a wide swath.

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