swat / swät/ • v. (swat·ted, swat·ting) [tr.] hit or crush (something, esp. an insect) with a sharp blow from a flat object: I swatted a mosquito that had landed on my wrist | [intr.] swatting at a fly. ∎ hit (someone) with a sharp blow: she swatted him over the head with a rolled-up magazine.• n. such a sharp blow: the dog gave the hedgehog a sideways swat.