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[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with or without object), swopped, swopping, noun


or swop

[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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Examples from the Web for swopped
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  • I had five, but I swopped two of them with Frank Wilson for a redstart's.'

    A Terrible Tomboy Angela Brazil
  • They've swopped secrets with him just like old friends; and there they are for you to see.

    Half-Past Bedtime H. H. Bashford
  • So if your honour is pleasing, I'll tell you the whole truth about the horse that he swopped against my mare out of the face.

  • He had a jolly sight harder time living; and yet I believe he'd have swopped with me at the end.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • It isn't rare, though—twenty-four cents—I gave twopence for it; but I've had much more expensive ones, only I swopped them.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • An' come right from yo' daughter's weddin' an' swopped hosses with a preacher.

    The Starbucks Opie Percival Read
  • "I swopped four blood-allys for an Indian in the break," Bertram announced.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • He and I have swopped specimens many's the time, when either of us had a duplicate.

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • He traded with another boy at the Military Institute, swopped an old racket for it.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • "I hearn that you swopped tuther day with Dave Somer's an' the hoss died durin' of the night," said Jasper.

    The Starbucks Opie Percival Read
British Dictionary definitions for swopped


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


noun, verb swops, swopping, swopped
a variant spelling of swap
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Word Origin and History for swopped



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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