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

Definition of swatter

: one that swats especially : flyswatter

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Even King Tut, Mr. Dunn notes, was buried with a fly swatter. Lisa Margonelli, WSJ, "‘Never Home Alone’ Review: The Critters Chez Nous," 28 Nov. 2018 In fact, some have argued that swatters merely take advantage of a system that’s way too quick to use force. German Lopez, Vox, "David Hogg’s family was swatted. That’s extremely dangerous.," 5 June 2018 Some swatters are trolls who do this for laughs and personal entertainment. German Lopez, Vox, "David Hogg’s family was swatted. That’s extremely dangerous.," 5 June 2018 One group had to improve a fly swatter and another had to find a way to improve the lives of pet owners. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Future Leaders Of West Hartford Participates In Junior Achievement Day," 5 June 2018 Participants could choose between a fly swatter and a coiled toy made from recycled aluminum cans as their participation prize. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats — the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones who won’t use a litter box — into jobs as mousers at barns or stables. Washington Post, "For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice," 18 Oct. 2017 To give his swatter a sufficient upgrade, styropyro ultimately replaced almost all of the original parts all to take a device that can go on the offensive against wasp nests and yellow jackets. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the World's Most Overkill Bug Zapper," 10 Oct. 2017 Here comes safety Miles Killebrew, knocking the ball down like a human fly swatter. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions defense might be chaotic, but it's for real," 1 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of swatter

1888, in the meaning defined above

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