Definition of swat in US English:

swat

verb

[with object]
  • 1Hit or crush (something, especially an insect) with a sharp blow from a flat object.

    ‘I swatted a mosquito that had landed on my wrist’
    no object ‘swatting at a fly’
    • ‘‘I would kill time swatting the flies,’ says Li, who also compulsively swept the floor of his cell.’
    • ‘He said that when Faustinus was a small boy, he'd never content himself with merely swatting a fly.’
    • ‘He cast his line, swatting at the few flies that swarmed his sweaty forehead.’
    • ‘Anything the brain does, from adding a row of numbers to directing your arm to swat a fly, creates a voltage that an EEG can pick up.’
    • ‘He sat there for several hours, dozing, snoring, and swatting at flies that settled on him.’
    • ‘One of them swarmed in front of her face, making her swat at it in annoyance.’
    • ‘In other news, I'm listening to some popular music and swatting tiny ants off me while sitting at John's computer.’
    • ‘He clambered out, practically levitating over the front seat and out the door, while I glanced quickly around looking for something to swat the wasp with.’
    • ‘Swiftly swatting the bug with a rolled-up newspaper would have been the best course of action.’
    • ‘I try not to step on ants or swat bees so hard that they fall dead to the ground.’
    • ‘I swatted a fly on the bus and I got to wondering what happens to these souls once you've absorbed them?’
    • ‘R.L. Burnside sits on his plastic porch chair as calm and motionless as a stone Buddha, then his hand flashes out to swat a fly on his leg.’
    • ‘These bats are primarily insectivorous, and most hawk insects in flight, often using their wings like tennis rackets and swatting the insects into the tail membrane.’
    • ‘The fly then landed on National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Davis (Va.), who tried in vain to swat the insect.’
    • ‘The last time we went, we had continually to swat flies.’
    • ‘People were wafting their arms to swat the bugs but it did no good because they kept coming in hordes.’
    • ‘The tail is often used as an ‘extra hand’ to swat insects.’
    • ‘So start your fly parasite program sooner rather than later - if you're swatting flies as you read this, it may be too late to get parasites working for you on your place.’
    • ‘Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.’
    • ‘Some are too weak to even swat away flies or other insects that crawl over their bodies.’
    strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1 Hit (someone) with a sharp blow.
      ‘she swatted him over the head with a rolled-up magazine’
      • ‘I rose up and took to the ceiling avoiding any chance at a maid swatting me during transit.’
      • ‘To his surprise, Ava swatted him in the arm and expressed her outrage by glaring at him for several long moments.’
      • ‘I laughed, trying to swat him, and almost falling over.’
      • ‘Emmy jumped at the voice and turned around quickly, swatting Chris on the arm when she saw it was him.’
      • ‘She swatted me with the end of her apron, then hugged me all over again.’
      • ‘He wears a fierce mustache on a jagged face, he's got enough muscle he could swat me down any time he wished.’
      • ‘But is this what fear of the Lord really means, that we break no rules and have no bad thoughts lest we be swatted with the Bible?’
      • ‘She laughed and swatted him with a towel and we witnessed what we would later come to recognize as the rejuvenating power of real estate.’
      • ‘She was always strutting around like she was a goddess or something, on more then one occasion she swatted me on the bottom with her staff.’
      • ‘But it was Thistle who were able to swat their opponents for the second time soon after the re-start after Scott Paterson had come reasonably close with a long-range belter.’
      • ‘She swatted her daughter on the arm before turning towards Madison.’
      • ‘Freya stood on her toes, and swatted him across the head.’
      • ‘This spring a bear swatted a little boy sitting on his front stoop, and a man was mauled when he jumped on a bear's back to break up a fight with his dog.’
      • ‘She swatted me and stood leaning against the locker next to mine.’
      • ‘Bob swats him away in anger, calls him a queer and tells him to get out.’
      • ‘My first game was against Stirling County, and Gareth Flockhart just thought I was some little joker and swatted me.’
      • ‘With one arm he swatted me aside, I tumbled into the cabents, the rotted doors snapping benith my weight, beside the old woman.’
      • ‘I've only completed a couple of rounds when Michelle Will / Led Debby swoops in from behind and swats me on the ass.’
      • ‘Nick moved to put his arm around Tori, but she swatted him away.’
      • ‘Mind you he also thinks the media is a vehicle for Witchcraft, but fails to explain why they don't wear pointy hats and swat him with brooms.’

noun

  • A sharp slap or blow.

    ‘the dog gave the hedgehog a sideways swat’
    • ‘Returning to the toddler analogy, the most you might do is a sharp word or a small swat on the rear.’
    • ‘Each swat of her hand over the surface made an enthralling ripple, which made her even angrier.’
    • ‘Kenji had to duck a swat from the eldest boy, but kept laughing.’
    • ‘As injury time arrived, Hinchcliffe highlighted his abilities again with a one-handed swat on a netbound Numan effort.’
    • ‘Once, he gave me a piece of a chocolate bar, but twice, he took a swat at me.’
    • ‘Liam chuckled as if this was amusing and got a swat in the chest from Leslie.’
    • ‘Would it have been impossible to track down one of the ‘mouthy suspects’ who might have been on the receiving end of one of those swats?’
    • ‘Harley teased while winking receiving a swat in return.’
    • ‘The girl screamed as the vampire reached for her, her boyfriend having fallen aside from a swat to the face.’
    • ‘Michlen has painful memories of fraternity life at university: paddle swats, punches and a punctured lung.’
    • ‘‘She runs voice identification tests on his wife and kids,’ said another secretary in the office whose knuckles appeared to have been bruised by swats from a ruler.’
    • ‘The grizzled Sathe dismissed the guard with a disgusted hiss and a swat across the ears that tore the fragile membrane.’
    • ‘One of our players was kicked, and, as I was standing next to the man with the frisky boots, I felt honour-bound to have a swat at him.’
    • ‘The dobermin grinned and walked off over to the ‘Violator’ right nearby, but not before making a small swat at Missy's rear, which she easily avoided.’
    • ‘At that point, the tiger playful - what looked to be a playful swat, swatted at Roy.’
    • ‘Even the occasional swat of the riding crop was doing little to encourage her.’
    • ‘It took a moment, but finally Pa appeared and sat down on the edge of the porch, taking Hoss over his knee to administer two firm swats to his backside.’
    • ‘A sharp tug on the material and a swat to his side were all he earned for his efforts.’
    • ‘Anne's musings were interrupted when Bailey delivered a small swat to the back of her head.’
    • ‘Then, just before he began to swing into the saddle, he felt it: a solid swat to his rear end.’
    cuff, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, fist, jab, hook, knock, thwack, bang, wallop
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘sit down’): northern English dialect and US variant of squat.

Pronunciation

swat

/swɑt//swät/