- to study or work hard.
- a student who studies assiduously, especially to the exclusion of other activities or interests; grind.
- hard study or hard work; concentrated effort.
Origin of swot2
- to hit; slap; smack.
- Baseball. to hit (a ball) powerfully, usually for a long distance.
- a smart blow; slap; smack.
- Baseball. a powerfully hit ball.
Origin of swat1
Examples from the Web for swot
Well, we all go to the same college, and we all promise to swot hard.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
I'll swot up my Latin like anything next term, so as to read about you.'The Magic City
However, as I never do much else I'm able to swot the French all right.The Lonely Unicorn
I told 'em to keep my fire in—I'm going to swot like blazes to-night.In Accordance with the Evidence
If Swot were a little older, I should not have had to trouble you.Wanted--A Match Maker
Paul Leicester Ford
- (often foll by up) to study (a subject) intensively, as for an examination; cram
- Also called: swotter (ˈswɒtə) a person who works or studies hard
- hard work or grind
- a variant of swat 1
- strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats: an analysis of a product made before it is marketed
- a former princely state of NW India: passed to Pakistan in 1947
- a river in Pakistan, rising in the north and flowing south to the Kabul River north of Peshawar. Length: about 640 km (400 miles)
- Special Weapons and Tactics: a military-like unit within the US police force, trained to deal with specially dangerous situations, such as hostage-taking and riots
- to strike or hit sharplyto swat a fly
- another word (esp Brit) for swatter (def. 1)
- a sharp or violent blow
- a variant of swot 1
Word Origin and History for swot
1796, American English and northern England dialect word, possibly an alteration of Middle English swap "to strike, smite" (see swap), ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Swatted; swatting. The noun is recorded from 1800.