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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English swappen (to swap), originally meaning "to hurl" or "to strike", the word alludes to striking hands together when making an exchange; probably from Old English *swappian, a secondary form of Old English swāpan (to swoop). Cognate with German schwappen (to swap).


swap (third-person singular simple present swaps, present participle swapping, simple past and past participle swapped)

  1. To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
    • 1998, Michael Wolf; Bruce Friedman, Daniel Sutherland, Religion in the workplace, page 98:
      In an effort to provide more permanent accommodations, employers may offer employees the opportunity either to swap jobs with a colleague or to transfer to a new position.
    • 2007, Lloyd Zimpel, A Season of Fire and Ice:
      Chief watched these goings-on without pleasure, and waved them off in disgust when the smarmiest of the two suggested he might wish to swap that elk's tooth for this jug of fine rye whiskey.
    • 2011, Andrew Scott Cooper, The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East, page 253:
      The Shah wanted to swap oil for more arms.
    Synonyms: exchange, trade, switch
  2. (obsolete) To strike, hit.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xvij, in Le Morte Darthur, book VI:
      And soo sir launcelot rode on the one syde and she on the other / he had not ryden but a whyle / but the knyghte badde sir Launcelot torne hym and loke behynde hym / [] / And soo sir launcelot torned hym [] / and there wyth was the knyghte and the lady on one syde / & sodenly he swapped of his ladyes hede
  3. (obsolete) To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of C. Richardson (Dict.) to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote?), Geoffrey Chaucer, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.
  4. (obsolete) To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
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Etymology 2Edit

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swap (countable and uncountable, plural swaps)

Alice has a red apple and Bob has a green apple. After a swap, Alice has the green apple and Bob has the red apple.
  1. An exchange of two comparable things.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  2. (finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
  3. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A blow; a stroke.
  4. (computing, informal, uncountable) Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.
    How much swap do you need?
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From English swap.



  1. (finance, slang) swap (financial derivative)


Inflection of swap (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative swap swapit
genitive swapin swapien
partitive swapia swapeja
illative swapiin swapeihin
singular plural
nominative swap swapit
accusative nom. swap swapit
gen. swapin
genitive swapin swapien
partitive swapia swapeja
inessive swapissa swapeissa
elative swapista swapeista
illative swapiin swapeihin
adessive swapilla swapeilla
ablative swapilta swapeilta
allative swapille swapeille
essive swapina swapeina
translative swapiksi swapeiksi
instructive swapein
abessive swapitta swapeitta
comitative swapeineen


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