fly·​swat·​ter ˈflī-ˌswä-tər How to pronounce flyswatter (audio)
: a device for killing insects that consists of a flat piece of perforated rubber or plastic or fine-mesh wire netting attached to a handle

Examples of flyswatter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drop that flyswatter right now! Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2023 ChatGPT, on the other hand, will converse about the concept of falsehoods in the Quran, write a prayer for a rabbi to deliver to Congress and compare God to a flyswatter. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 This yellow flyswatter was decorated by hand with black puff paint., 2 June 2021 On the site, a graphic appeared, showing an insect with a female face—a logo for DarkMarket—underneath a flyswatter. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2021 People made jokes about Jeff Goldblum; other folks dug up images of Biden holding a flyswatter. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 7 Oct. 2020 This kit is great for kids who have a more visual style of learning; the modules are large and colorful, and the models (everything from a flyswatter to an ambulance) really make the lessons tangible. USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020 Because Kentucky’s Reid Jolly, a 6-5 wing, is cruising down the court for a breakaway layup, but here comes LaRavia, chasing him down, rising high above him, smearing the ball against the glass, like a flyswatter on a fly. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2019 Childhood family vacations meant the battered old station wagon, replete with backseat sibling brawls and Mom wielding the flyswatter of road-weary justice from up front. Craig Bicknell, WIRED, 13 Apr. 2000 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flyswatter was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Flyswatter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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