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From a dialectal English word, from Middle English swot, swat, from Old English swāt (perspiration; sweat), from Proto-Germanic swaitą (sweat). More at sweat.

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swot (third-person singular simple present swots, present participle swotting, simple past and past participle swotted)

  1. (intransitive, slang, Britain) To study with effort or determination (object of study indicated by "up on").
    You should swot up on your French before travelling to Paris.
    Synonym: cram

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swot (plural swots)

  1. (slang, Britain) One who swots.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 23:
      He liked Tom all right... Sampson and Bullock he could do without, however. Especially Sampson, who was too much of a grammar-school-type swot ever to be quite the thing.
  2. (slang, Britain) Work.
  3. (slang, Britain) Vigorous study at an educational institution.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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