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 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, "NBA Draft Combine: Phoenix Suns show interest in Arizona's Zeke Nnaji and Maryland's Jalen Smith," 29 Sep. 2020 His swats accounted for all of the Brewers' runs in a 5-3 win that took place as the Packers were dismantling the Lions. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These were among the 11 biggest highlights for Milwaukee in a strange 2020 MLB season," 28 Sep. 2020 Hsiao-kang, the son of a taxi driver, swats cockroaches instead of doing his math homework; Ah-tze, a small-time thief, pilfers coins out of phone booths. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Can I Avoid Feeling Lonely When All My Friends Are Coupled Up?," 21 Sep. 2020

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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