- 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
First recorded in 1840–50; dialectal variant of sweat
- 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
First recorded in 1790–1800; orig. variant of squat
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- 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
- strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats: an analysis of a product made before it is marketed
- to strike or hit sharplyto swat a fly
- another word (esp Brit) for swatter (def. 1)
- a sharp or violent blow
Also called: swot
C17: northern English dialect and US variant of squat
- a variant of swot 1
- (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
Also called: swat
C19: dialect variant of sweat (n)
- a variant of swat 1
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Word Origin and History for swotting
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.
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