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[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with object), swapped, swapping.
to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another:
He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
verb (used without object), swapped, swapping.
to make an exchange.
an exchange:
He got the radio in a swap.
Origin of swap
1300-50; Middle English swappen to strike, strike hands (in bargaining); cognate with dialectal German schwappen to box (the ears)
Related forms
swapper, noun
unswapped, adjective Unabridged
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  • By “swapping” with Gray he might find himself doomed to a night in camp when he had accepted for some pleasant function in town.

  • There was swapping of horses by the men or of fruit or vegetable preserves by the women.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Jack and Herb took things easy, sitting in the bow of their respective boats and swapping experiences.

  • As they were swapping yarns a man rode into the settlement from the southwest.

  • And while the up-state fellers was carrying on and swapping cheers with one another, our fellers sat there jest dumfoundered.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for swapping


verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping, swopped
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
an exchange
something that is exchanged
(finance) Also called swap option, swaption. a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)
Derived Forms
swapper, swopper, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for swapping



c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1590s, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. Related: Swapped; swapping. The noun in this sense is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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swapping in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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