- a lever or handle
- a hard, sweeping blow
- a sweeping motion: give the table a swipe with a rag
- Informal a groom for horses, esp. at a racetrack
Origin of swipeprobably variant, variety of sweep
transitive verbswiped, swiping
- to hit with a hard, sweeping blow
- to wipe with a sweeping motion
- ☆ Slang to steal; pilfer
- to pass (a credit card or other magnetically encoded card) across or through an electronic device that reads it
Origin of swipe< ? ON svipa, to whip, make a swift motion, akin to swoop
- A sweeping blow or stroke.
- Informal A critical remark.
- A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
verbswiped swiped, swip·ing, swipes
- To hit with a sweeping motion.
- To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
- Informal To steal; filch. See Synonyms at steal.
Origin of swipePerhaps variant of sweep.
(third-person singular simple present swipes, present participle swiping, simple past and past participle swiped)
(countable and uncountable, plural swipes)
- (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
- (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
- (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
- (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
swipe - Computer Definition
(1) Sliding a finger or stylus across a touch screen to scroll or move items around. Swiping and tapping the screen replace mouse movement on a tablet or smartphone. However, a Bluetooth mouse can be employed with a tablet, which in some cases makes it easier to use. See multitouch.
(2) A unique touch-screen keyboard method. See Swype.
(3) To pass an ID or credit card with a magnetic stripe through a reader. See magnetic stripe.