From the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary: (and this is just the first definition, noun, not the verb “to swab”)
Examples of SWAB
- Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to disinfect the area.
- The doctor took a throat swab and sent it to the lab.
Origin of SWAB
probably from obsolete Dutch swabbe;
akin to Low Germanswabber
First Known Use: 1653
Related to SWAB
- gob, hearty, jack, jack-tar, mariner, navigator, salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, shipman, sailor, swabbie (alsoswabby) [slang], tar