from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To study with effort or determination.
  • v. To study something with effort or determination (swot up on).
  • n. one who swots
  • n. work
  • n. vigorous study at an educational institution

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Middle English forms of sweet.
  • See swat.
  • n. Same as swat.

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

  • n. an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
  • v. study intensively, as before an exam


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From sweat.


  • Even at his preparatory school, where he was known as a swot of the first water, he had displayed an unhealthy infatuation for that tongue; he loved its cold, lapidary construction; and while other boys played football or cricket, this withered little fellow used to lark about with a note-book, all by himself, torturing sensible

    South Wind

  • Now I heard John Pienaar try and spin it that Ed Balls actually said "swot" and I hear that John Pienaar later changed that to "so weak".

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  • I was stoned by a gang of cretins and suckers-up to cretins for being a "swot".

    Undergraduates are more than their parents bank balance

  • I know it's always been there, but the aggressive and occasionally horrifying disdain I've seen meted out to my nieces and nephews is in another league compared to the mild joshing I received for being a "swot", and which was always countered by the protection and drive to succeed that the vast majority of my teachers displayed.

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  • Over my cup of tea, I decided to swot up a bit on the royal wedding.

    Kim Carillo: From New York With Love

  • Even so, Nishikori can swot up on the Scot's game with his coach Brad Gilbert, the father of a former room-mate and more significantly, Murray's coach for 16 months between 2006 and 2007.

    Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori – live! | Steve Busfield

  • I don't see him becoming another Wesley Crusher, because first he seems quite a bit older (maybe 10 years?) and second he is much more a geek and less the skinny swot that Wesley was.

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  • But Kwarteng's reputation was as a rather personable swot, enjoying arguments over the dinner table, combining charm with the impression of being better read than everybody else.

    Kwasi Kwarteng: The rising star of politics and letters | profile

  • Matilda is a swot, something which could have the opposite effect.

    In praise of… Matilda

  • I picture Merritt sitting by as the various councils swot it out for his favor like Guenevere in CAMELOT:

    Strike 2 (Jack Bog's Blog)


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