- a person who uses a swab
- a device for swabbing
Origin of swabber; from or akin to 16th-c. Dutch zwabber ; from zwabben, to do dirty work, splash, akin to German schwappen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swep-, to throw, pour out from source Classical Latin supare, to throw around
- One who uses a swab.
- A swab or mop.
- Slang A sailor.
- One who swabs a floor or deck.
- (nautical, historical) An interior officer on British warships, responsible for seeing that the ship was kept clean.
- (card games) Four privileged cards, formerly used in betting in whist.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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