swat·​ter | \ ˈswä-tər How to pronounce swatter (audio) \

Definition of swatter

: one that swats especially : flyswatter

Examples of swatter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, though, in that case, the swatter was prosecuted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "This Social Media Mob Was Good," 28 May 2020 So far, four of them have been targeted by swatters. NBC News, "Trolls turned 911 into a weapon. Now cops are fighting back," 22 Dec. 2019 Law enforcement identified a 15 year old boy as the swatter. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Parma shooting hoax call was Canadian gamer ‘swatting’ Northeast Ohio resident, police say," 13 Nov. 2019 Neither police nor Finch knew that the hoax had been called in by a serial swatter Tyler Barriss. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Family of Wichita man killed by police in swatting incident seeking $25 million from city," 11 Nov. 2019 Allen showed some defensive chops in his second pro season, evolving from a simple shot swatter to a solid back-line anchor. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Why We Shouldn't Underestimate Kyrie and the Nets This Year," 5 Aug. 2019 The Chinese government and business powers swatted at an annoying fly with a nuclear fly swatter. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Three words sum up NBA-China situation: Tick, tick, tick," 12 Oct. 2019 In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. Michael Rubinkam, chicagotribune.com, "The spotted lanternfly is pretty to look at. But the invasive species is rampaging through Pennsylvania, destroying trees and leaving waste everywhere.," 26 Sep. 2019 In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania’s citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. Michael Rubinkam, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle ‘nightmare’ bugs," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of swatter

1888, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2020

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“Swatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swatter. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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