Definition of swat in English:



  • 1 Hit 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’
    • ‘The fly then landed on National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Davis (Va.), who tried in vain to swat the insect.’
    • ‘In other news, I'm listening to some popular music and swatting tiny ants off me while sitting at John's computer.’
    • ‘The tail is often used as an ‘extra hand’ to swat insects.’
    • ‘He cast his line, swatting at the few flies that swarmed his sweaty forehead.’
    • ‘He sat there for several hours, dozing, snoring, and swatting at flies that settled on him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that when Faustinus was a small boy, he'd never content himself with merely swatting a fly.’
    • ‘People were wafting their arms to swat the bugs but it did no good because they kept coming in hordes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Swiftly swatting the bug with a rolled-up newspaper would have been the best course of action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of them swarmed in front of her face, making her swat at it in annoyance.’
    • ‘‘I would kill time swatting the flies,’ says Li, who also compulsively swept the floor of his cell.’
    • ‘Some are too weak to even swat away flies or other insects that crawl over their bodies.’
    • ‘I swatted a fly on the bus and I got to wondering what happens to these souls once you've absorbed them?’
    • ‘I try not to step on ants or swat bees so hard that they fall dead to the ground.’
    • ‘The last time we went, we had continually to swat flies.’
    strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1Hit (someone) with a sharp blow.
      ‘she swatted him over the head with a rolled-up magazine’
      • ‘He wears a fierce mustache on a jagged face, he's got enough muscle he could swat me down any time he wished.’
      • ‘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 swatted me with the end of her apron, then hugged me all over again.’
      • ‘Freya stood on her toes, and swatted him across the head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bob swats him away in anger, calls him a queer and tells him to get out.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Nick moved to put his arm around Tori, but she swatted him away.’
      • ‘I've only completed a couple of rounds when Michelle Will / Led Debby swoops in from behind and swats me on the ass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With one arm he swatted me aside, I tumbled into the cabents, the rotted doors snapping benith my weight, beside the old woman.’
      • ‘She swatted her daughter on the arm before turning towards Madison.’
      • ‘To his surprise, Ava swatted him in the arm and expressed her outrage by glaring at him for several long moments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I rose up and took to the ceiling avoiding any chance at a maid swatting me during transit.’
      • ‘My first game was against Stirling County, and Gareth Flockhart just thought I was some little joker and swatted me.’
      • ‘She swatted me and stood leaning against the locker next to mine.’


  • 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.’
    • ‘Anne's musings were interrupted when Bailey delivered a small swat to the back of her head.’
    • ‘Michlen has painful memories of fraternity life at university: paddle swats, punches and a punctured lung.’
    • ‘Each swat of her hand over the surface made an enthralling ripple, which made her even angrier.’
    • ‘As injury time arrived, Hinchcliffe highlighted his abilities again with a one-handed swat on a netbound Numan effort.’
    • ‘Even the occasional swat of the riding crop was doing little to encourage her.’
    • ‘The grizzled Sathe dismissed the guard with a disgusted hiss and a swat across the ears that tore the fragile membrane.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Kenji had to duck a swat from the eldest boy, but kept laughing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then, just before he began to swing into the saddle, he felt it: a solid swat to his rear end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liam chuckled as if this was amusing and got a swat in the chest from Leslie.’
    • ‘Once, he gave me a piece of a chocolate bar, but twice, he took a swat at me.’
    • ‘A sharp tug on the material and a swat to his side were all he earned for his efforts.’
    • ‘At that point, the tiger playful - what looked to be a playful swat, swatted at Roy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’


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