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From earlier swip (with a short vowel), from Middle English swippen, swipen(to move violently), from Old English swipian, sweopian, swippan(to scourge, strike, beat, lash), from Proto-Germanic *swipōną, *swipjaną(to move), from Proto-Indo-European *sweyb-(to bend, turn, swerve, sway, swing, sweep). Cognate with German schwippen(to whip), Danish svippe(to smack; crack a whip), Icelandic svipa(to whip; move swiftly). Related to sweep, swoop.



swipe ‎(third-person singular simple present swipes, present participle swiping, simple past and past participle swiped)

  1. (transitive) To steal or snatch.
    Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
  2. (transitive) To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
    He swiped his card at the door.
  3. (intransitive) To grab or bat quickly.
    The cat swiped at the shoelace.
  4. (intransitive) To interact with a touch screen by drawing one's finger rapidly across it.
    Swipe left to hide the toolbar.



swipe ‎(countable and uncountable, plural swipes)

  1. (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  2. (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  3. (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
    Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  4. (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.