Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To strike or hit with a sharp blow.
  • intransitive verb To strike or try to strike something with a sharp blow.
  • noun A sharp blow or hit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An old and dialectal form of sweat.
  • An old and dialectal (Scotch) preterit of sweat.
  • noun A blow.
  • To work hard; toil; dig; grind.
  • To strike; hit.
  • noun A difficult task; a hard job.
  • noun One who works hard; a dig; a grind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of sweat.
  • noun a sharp blow, especially one made with an instrument in the hand.
  • noun (Baseball) a powerful hit, especially a home run.
  • transitive verb to hit, especially with an instrument in the hand; to smack.
  • transitive verb (Baseball) to hit (a baseball) powerfully, and for a long distance.
  • noun a former state in Northwest India, now a part of Pakistan. It was ruled by a prince called a Wali.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit.
  • noun A hard stroke, hit or blow, e.g., as part of a spanking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb hit swiftly with a violent blow
  • noun a sharp blow

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of squat, to squash (obsolete and dialectal).]

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  • Special Weapons And Tactics

    February 28, 2007

  • Not for me! I just like the word "swat" itself. :-)

    March 8, 2007