v. swat·ted, swat·ting, swats
To strike or hit with a sharp blow: swatted a ball into the outfield.
To strike or try to strike something with a sharp blow: swatted at the mosquito.
A sharp blow or hit.
[Alteration of SQUAT, to squash (obsolete and dialectal).]
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