Today's Word of the Day means...
A small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire and used for cleansing or applying medicine.
A specimen of mucus or other material removed with a swab.
A sailor, esp a Navy seaman: better fitting dress uniforms for the hard-to-fit doughboy or swabbie
[1798+; probably fr the characteristic activity of using swabs for cleaning the decks and other features of a ship]