Variant of swab
- a yarn mop, usually used wet, for cleaning decks, floors, etc.
- a small piece of cotton, cloth, sponge, etc. used to apply medicine to, or clean discharged matter from, the throat, mouth, etc.
- matter collected in this way
- a brush, wad of cloth, etc. on a long handle, for cleaning the barrel of a gun
- Slang a clumsy, loutish person
- a sailor
- ☆ an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy
Origin: contr. < swabber
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