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  1. a person or thing that swats.
  2. fly swatter.
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Origin of swatter

First recorded in 1910–15; swat1 + -er1
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Related Words for swatter

business, staff, sap, cudgel, works, bludgeon, baton, mace, blackjack, truncheon, hammer, nightstick, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh, billy, swatter, rosewood, cosh

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Contemporary Examples of swatter

Historical Examples of swatter

  • Swatter—I see you are mentioned in one of the books just published.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey

  • The player with the swatter runs on and places it in the hands of some other player.

  • One player carrying a swatter (belt, knotted towel, etc.), runs around outside of circle and places swatter in someone's hand.

  • Several leaves, tied to the end of a stick, are used as a swatter to catch fruit bats in flight: Caesalpinia nuga.

  • Killing enraged bees with a swatter or the end of a broom or plank was keen sport and one culled with knife edge excitement.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

British Dictionary definitions for swatter


  1. a device for killing insects, esp a meshed flat attached to a handle
  2. a person who swats
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Word Origin and History for swatter


"instrument for swatting flies," 1917, agent noun from swat (v.).

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