- 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 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
Examples from the Web for swatting
Neither Ashton Kutcher nor Miley Cyrus was home when they became “swatting” victims.
In the Dallas–Fort Worth area, Kolybe said, there are 12 to 15 incidents of swatting a year.
The group often recorded the swatting incidents and “brag posted” them on social networks.
JASON ( swatting an imaginary gnat): Hope over fear... What a crock.Who Killed the Horror Film?
March 13, 2009
But it wasn't for the want of swatting, for it was just that that put the fellows' backs up.That Scholarship Boy
He let out that Myler was on the beer to run up the odds and he swatting all the time.Ulysses
Then came your swatting at Hindustani, the remarks made about it, and the fight.
And there is the Hindustani too, and the other lingo you have been swatting at.
That, if the phrase may be pardoned, is swatting a butterfly with a sledge-hammer!She Stands Accused
- 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
- to strike or hit sharplyto swat a fly
- another word (esp Brit) for swatter (def. 1)
- a sharp or violent blow
- a variant of swot 1
Word Origin and History for swatting
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.