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.
- (transitive) To steal or snatch.
- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
- (transitive) To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- (intransitive) To grab or bat quickly.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
- (intransitive) To interact with a touch screen by drawing one's finger rapidly across it.
- Swipe left to hide the toolbar.
- (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
- (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
- (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
- (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.