verb (used with object), swiped, swip·ing.

verb (used without object), swiped, swip·ing.

Nearby words

  1. swinishly,
  2. swink,
  3. swinnerton,
  4. swinnerton, frank,
  5. swinney,
  6. swipe card,
  7. swipes,
  8. swipple,
  9. swirl,
  10. swirly

Origin of swipe

1730–40; akin to sweep1; cognate with German schweifen

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for swipe

British Dictionary definitions for swipe



(when intr, usually foll by at) informal to hit hard with a sweeping blow
(tr) slang to steal
(tr) to pass a machine-readable card, such as a credit card, debit card, etc, through a machine that electronically interprets the information encoded, usu. in a magnetic strip, on the card


informal a hard blow
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
Also called: sweep a type of lever for raising and lowering a weight, such as a bucket in a well

Word Origin for swipe

C19: perhaps related to sweep

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for swipe
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper