Definition of swat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

swat

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verb
BrE BrE//swɒt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swat
BrE BrE//swɒt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːt//
 
he / she / it swats
BrE BrE//swɒts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//swɑːts//
 
past simple swatted
BrE BrE//ˈswɒtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːtɪd//
 
past participle swatted
BrE BrE//ˈswɒtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːtɪd//
 
-ing form swatting
BrE BrE//ˈswɒtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːtɪŋ//
 
 
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swat something to hit something, especially an insect, using your hand or a flat object He was trying to swat a fly with a rolled-up newspaper. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘sit down’): northern English dialect and US variant of squat.

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