- (transitive) To beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit.
- He swatted the mosquito that was buzzing around in his bedroom.
- The cat swatted at the feather.
- 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)
- During my first day in the woods, Raoul, the big alpha male of Rambo II, opened wide to show me his dagger-sharp canines, then sauntered by and swatted my calf with a stick—letting me know my place in the social order. (Low.)
- (slang) To illegitimately provoke a SWAT assault upon (someone, usually a third party).
swat (plural swats)
From Proto-Germanic *swait-, from Proto-Indo-European *swoyd-, *sweyd-. Cognate with Old Saxon swêt, Old High German sweiz, Old Norse sveiti (“sweat, blood”). The Indo-European root also gave Latin sudor, Sanskrit स्वेद (sveda).
swat m pers
- father of one's child-in-law