Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swipe”

See all translations

swipe

verb uk   /swaɪp/ us  

swipe verb (HIT)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit or try to hit something, especially with a sideways movement: She opened the window and swiped at the flies with a rolled-up newspaper to make them go out. She swiped him round the head. mainly US The car swiped the garage door as he pulled out.
See also

swipe verb (STEAL)

[T] informal to steal: Okay, who's swiped my keys?

swipe verb (MOVE)

swipe

noun uk   /swaɪp/ us  

swipe noun (CRITICISM)

[C usually singular] a criticism of someone or something, or an attempt to annoy them or damage it: In a recent interview, she takes a swipe at the theatre management.

swipe noun (HIT)

[C] an act of hitting or trying to hit someone or something: Edwin took a swipe at the ball and missed.
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of swipe?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “swipe”

Definitions of “swipe” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More