- a strong, sweeping blow, as with a cricket bat or golf club.
- Informal. a swing of the arm in order to strike somebody; punch.
- a sideswipe.
- Informal. a critical or cutting remark.
- a leverlike device for raising or lowering a weight, especially a bucket in a well; sweep.
- an act or instance of swiping: You can debit your checking account with just a swipe of your card.
- Also called rub·ber. Horse Racing. a person who rubs down horses in a stable; groom.
- to strike with a sweeping blow.
- Informal. to steal: He'll swipe anything that isn't nailed down.
- to slide (a magnetic card) quickly through an electronic device that reads data.
- Digital Technology. to move a finger or fingers, or a stylus, across an area on (a touchscreen) in order to execute a command: Put your finger on the arrow and swipe the screen to the right to unlock your phone.
- to make a sweeping stroke.
- to slide a magnetic card through an electronic device.
- Digital Technology. to move the fingers across a touchscreen: Swipe to the right to close the article.
Origin of swipe
Related Words for swipingslap, pilfer, sneak, blow, knock, lick, clip, sock, clout, swat, smack, cuff, rap, wallop, strike, clump, wipe, bash, nab, cop
Examples from the Web for swiping
Contemporary Examples of swiping
And while we're all swiping right (Tinder speak that translates to: we love him), so many people have become fooled.How 'Billy on the Street' Star Billy Eichner Turned Screaming at Strangers Into Comedy Gold
March 12, 2014
And, of course, an untold number are swiping her Approved Card wherever they go.Can Suze Orman Save America?
November 10, 2013
It was simply a matter of entering information into websites, swiping cards, and gaming the system.How to Commit a $200 Million Scam: Inside the Year’s Most Shocking Credit Card Fraud
February 6, 2013
Historical Examples of swiping
I've stood your slurs ever since I got here, but I'll be jobeefed if I'll stand for your swiping my property.The Landloper
Just like 'em to be swiping a new war machine; but hadn't they gotten enough in 1944?
The first ball of the over, Jack steps out and meets, swiping with all his force.Tom Brown at Rugby
So far, Malone, she's the only lead we have on the guy who's swiping information from Yucca Flats.That Sweet Little Old Lady
Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Our gang decided we could pick up a hundred grand easier by kidnapping you than by swiping jewelry.Linda Carlton's Island Adventure
- (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
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.