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swotted; swotting

Examples of swot in a Sentence

Noun every time he begged off a night at the pub—saying he had to study—his mates teased him for being a swot
Recent Examples on the Web
The Oxbridge and Ivy League colleges traditionally had disparaging terms for students who worked too hard and devoted themselves too diligently to learning: swot in England, grind in the United States. John McIntyre, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 July 2023 So, swot up, then delegate. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 4 May 2021
Yamada Jun, the IT expert, became the CEO and travelled to Germany to swot up on renewables. The Economist, 13 June 2020 Greenblatt might want to have a chinwag with some of his colleagues in the history department and swot up the biography of someone like Wisconsin’s Robert La Follette, a progressive populist politician perhaps more to his liking. Alex Beam, BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2018

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Word History



English dialect, sweat, from Middle English swot, from Old English swāt — more at sweat

First Known Use


1844, in the meaning defined above


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swot was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Swot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swot. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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