swob

[ swob ]
/ swɒb /

noun, verb (used with object), swobbed, swob·bing.

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Definition for swob (2 of 2)

swab

or swob

[ swob ]
/ swɒb /

noun

verb (used with object), swabbed, swab·bing.

Origin of swab

First recorded in 1645–55; back formation from swabber

OTHER WORDS FROM swab

un·swabbed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for swob

  • Does he, you swob, roared the apparition, an oos goin to give it im?

    The Message|Louis Tracy
  • If you swob yourself carefully with this, you will not become diseased.

    Safe Marriage|Ettie A. Rout

British Dictionary definitions for swob (1 of 2)

swob
/ (swɒb) /

noun, verb swobs, swobbing or swobbed

a less common word for swab

British Dictionary definitions for swob (2 of 2)

swab
/ (swɒb) /

noun

med
  1. a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc, for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc
  2. the specimen so obtained
a mop for cleaning floors, decks, etc
a brush used to clean a firearm's bore
slang an uncouth or worthless fellow

verb swabs, swabbing or swabbed

(tr) to clean or medicate with or as if with a swab
(tr foll by up) to take up with a swab

Word Origin for swab

C16: probably from Middle Dutch swabbe mop; related to Norwegian svabba to splash, Dutch zwabberen to mop, German schwappen to slop over
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Medical definitions for swob

swab
[ swŏb ]

n.

A small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire and used for cleansing or applying medicine.
A specimen of mucus or other material removed with a swab.
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