From Middle English swappen (“to swap”), originally meaning "to hurl" or "to strike", the word alludes to striking hands together when making an exchange; probably from Old English *swappian, a secondary form of Old English swāpan (“to swoop”). Cognate with German schwappen (“to slosh, slop”). Compare also Middle English swippen (“to strike, hit”), from Old English swipian (“to scourge, strike, beat, lash”), Old Norse svipa (“to swoop, flash, whip, look after, look around”). More at swipe.
- (transitive) To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
- 1998, Michael Wolf with Bruce Friedman and Daniel Sutherland, Religion in the workplace, page 98:
- In an effort to provide more permanent accommodations, employers may offer employees the opportunity either to swap jobs with a colleague or to transfer to a new position.
- 2007, Lloyd Zimpel, A Season of Fire and Ice:
- Chief watched these goings-on without pleasure, and waved them off in disgust when the smarmiest of the two suggested he might wish to swap that elk's tooth for this jug of fine rye whiskey.
- 2011, Andrew Scott Cooper, The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East, page 253:
- The Shah wanted to swap oil for more arms.
- (transitive, obsolete) To hit, to strike.
- 1954, Edward Eager, Half Magic:
- And he whipped his sword out of its scabbard, and swapped off the pudding from the black knight's nose. Unfortunately (for him) he swapped off a good bit of the nose, too.
- 1954, C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy:
- "Maybe Apes will grow honest, Sister," said Edmund. "But, by the Lion, if he breaks it again, it may be in such time and place that any of us could swap off his head in clean battle."
- (transitive, obsolete) To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To descend or fall; to rush hastily or violently.
- (exchange or give (something) in exchange for): interchange, switch; See also Thesaurus:switch
- (hit, strike): bang, knock, tap; See also Thesaurus:hit
- (beat the air): flap
- (rush hastily): fly, speed, zoom; See also Thesaurus:rush
From the verb swap. First attested in 1620.
swap (plural swaps)
- An exchange of two comparable things.
- (finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
- (computing, informal, uncountable) Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.
- How much swap do you need?
- (Cambridge University slang) A social meal at a restaurant between two university societies, usually involving drinking and banter; commonly associated with fining and pennying; equivalent to a crewdate at Oxford University.
|Inflection of swap (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)|
|comitative||See the possessive forms below.|
- (in finance): vaihtosopimus
- verbs: swapata