\ ˈswāp\
plural -s

Definition of swape

1 dialectal, England : a pole or bar used as a lever or swivel
2 dialectal, England : a long steering oar used by keelmen on the Tyne

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for swape

Middle English swaipe lever, swivel, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sveipr fold, sveipa to sweep, swoop

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about swape

Statistics for swape

Look-up Popularity

Comments on swape

What made you want to look up swape? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!