plural noun
\ ˈswäts How to pronounce swats (audio) \

Definition of swats

: drink especially : new ale

Examples of swats in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smashing and throwing a racket, not to mention swats of the ball — that hit, or nearly hit, and possibly injure people on the court or in the stadium — fall under equipment abuse in the sport’s rule books. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The 6-foot-5 shot-blocking sensation tied a career-high Sunday night with six swats, and added a steal for good measure. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Despite hitting the showers early, Turner moved into fifth place on the Pacers' all-time blocks list (907) with three swats on Thursday. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2021 Ware posted a triple-double consisting of 15 points, 21 rebounds and 18 blocks, highlighted by a series of swats in which his arm is more than a foot above the rim. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2021 Turner is the only player in the league averaging more than three swats. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2021 The adults briefly exchanged swats, and one of the women appeared to punch the man in the face. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 But three times, the bear reaches down and swats at the dogs. Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Accounting for 73 of Maryland’s 134 blocks last season as a sophomore, Smith averaged 2.35 swats a game in an 2019-20 college basketball season that abruptly ended due to the pandemic before the NCAA Tournament. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of swats

1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swats

Middle English (Scots) *swats, from Old English swātan, plural, beer

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“Swats.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swats. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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