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swop (swɒp Pronunciation for swop


noun, verb

Word forms:  swops,  swopping,  swopped
  1. a variant spelling of swap

swap or swop (swɒp Pronunciation for )



Word forms:  swaps,  swapping,  swapped,  swops,  swopping,  swopped
  1. to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another


  1. an exchange
  2. something that is exchanged
  3. Also called: swap option, swaption (finance) a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed-interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)

Derived Forms

ˈswapper, ˈswopper noun

Word Origin

C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin


View thesaurus entry
= trade, exchange, reciprocate, bandy, pass back and forth

Example Sentences Including 'swop'

And I knew that if my hunch was right, I wouldn't have very much time to swop the paintings.
MacNeill, Alistair Alastair McLean's 'Night Watch'
One took the place of the other, and Geraldine found that the swop was a bargain she hadn't anticipated.
Freddy, C. Overcoming Alcoholism
The suspects allegedly forced inmates facing petty crimes to swop cards, enabling them to walk free on bail.
SA Star (2005)


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