noun (used with a plural verb) British Informal.
Origin of swipes
verb (used with object), swiped, swip·ing.
verb (used without object), swiped, swip·ing.
Origin of swipe
Related Words for swipesslap, pilfer, sneak, blow, knock, lick, clip, sock, clout, swat, smack, cuff, rap, wallop, strike, clump, wipe, bash, nab, cop
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Contemporary Examples of swipes
Guardians centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an intergalactic smuggler who swipes an orb.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
He also took some swipes at his former White Stripes sidekick—and ex-wife—Meg White.Jack White Apologizes For Trashing Meg White, Adele, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Etc.
May 31, 2014
Historical Examples of swipes
Shorts, Spuddy and Swipes are in disgrace at the fraternity.
Swipes and Spuddy, tear-stained and pale, stood by the door, waiting.
Spuddy and Shorts were dragging the limp Swipes up the long steps.
"Gad, but he looked dead when they picked him up," said Swipes in despair.
"I wish it had been I," muttered Swipes brokenly, when they were alone again.
Word Origin for swipes
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.