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”).
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive, obsolete) To hit, to strike.
- 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum xvij”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book VI, [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786, leaf 105, verso; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034, page 210:
- 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 ſayde ſyre yonder come men of armes after vs rydynge / And ſoo ſir launcelot torned hym and thoughte no treaſon / and there wyth was the knyghte and the lady on one ſyde / & ſodenly he ſwapped of his ladyes hede […]
- (transitive, obsolete) To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To descend or fall; to rush hastily or violently.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of C. Richardson (Dict.) to this entry?)
- An exchange of two comparable things.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- (finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
- (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A blow; a stroke.
- (computing, informal, uncountable) Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.
- How much swap do you need?
|Inflection of swap (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)|
- verbs: swapata