[ swahyps ]
/ swaɪps /

noun (used with a plural verb) British Informal.

poor, watery, or spoiled beer.
malt liquor in general, especially beer and small beer.

Words nearby swipes

Origin of swipes

1780–90; noun plural use of swipe to drink down at one gulp, variant of sweep1

Definition for swipes (2 of 2)

[ swahyp ]
/ swaɪp /


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

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

Origin of swipe

1730–40; akin to sweep1; cognate with German schweifen
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British Dictionary definitions for swipes (1 of 2)

/ (swaɪps) /

pl n

British slang beer, esp when poor or weak

Word Origin for swipes

C18: probably related to sweep

British Dictionary definitions for swipes (2 of 2)

/ (swaɪp) /


(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
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