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Dictionary Definition

swipe n : a sweeping stroke or blow


1 strike with a swiping motion
2 make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To steal or snatch.
    Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
  2. To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
    He swiped his card at the door.
  3. to grab or bat quickly
    The cat swiped at the shoelace.


  1. a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep
  2. A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  3. countable informal a rough guess; an estimate or swag
    Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  4. Poor, weak beer; small beer.

Extensive Definition

Swipe may refer to a number of things:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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