verb (used with object), swiped, swip·ing.
verb (used without object), swiped, swip·ing.
Origin of swipe
Examples from the Web for swipe
Contemporary Examples of swipe
Swipe, pass judgment, see who likes you and see if anyone likes you back.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set
October 4, 2014
We are going through and looking for people that we would honestly ‘swipe right’ for.Grindr and Tinder Help the Holy Land Make Love, Not War
July 23, 2014
“One swipe with a crowbar and he would have been down,” Sasha said.I Heard About the Latest Crazed Shooter While I Watched the World Cup with Guys He Almost Killed
July 1, 2014
The crook then produces a MetroCard of his own and offers to swipe the would-be traveler through—for a premium price.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
When Gilmore took a swipe at Rand Paul by name, I feared for his safety.On CPAC Day 2, the Libertarian Wing Takes Over
March 8, 2014
Historical Examples of swipe
They say this year Keys is going to shut down on the sporting life and swipe some of the Bones type.Stover at Yale
“He killed the three animal keepers almost at one swipe,” said the man, who proved to be the second mate.Bert Wilson, Wireless Operator
J. W. Duffield
You make a swipe or two at it with your niblick and only manage to get mud on your face and drive it deeper among the grass roots.In Pastures Green
Still, how was he to know they were going to swipe his idea?Carl and the Cotton Gin
Sara Ware Bassett
Swipe at the first ball as though you were going to knock it over the fence!Weatherby's Inning
Ralph Henry Barbour
Word Origin for swipe
1807, "a driving stroke made with the arms in full swing," perhaps a dialectal variant of sweep (n.), or in part from obsolete swip "a stroke, blow" (c.1200), from Proto-Germanic *swip-, related to Old English swipu "a stick, whip." Other possible sources or influences are Middle English swope "to sweep with broad movements" (in reference to brooms, swords, etc.), from Old English swapan; obsolete swaip "stroke, blow;" or obsolete swape "oar, pole."
1825, from swipe (v.). The slang sense of "steal, pilfer" appeared 1885, American English; earliest use in prison jargon:
The blokes in the next cell, little Charley Ames and the Sheeney Kid, they was hot to try it, and swiped enough shoe-lining out of shop No. 5, where they worked, to make us all breeches to the stripes. ["Lippincott's Magazine," vol. 35, June 1885]
Meaning "run a credit card" is 1990s. Related: Swiped; swiper; swiping.