AskDefine | Define swot

Dictionary Definition

swot n : an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or studying excessively [syn: grind, nerd, wonk, dweeb] v : study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam" [syn: cram, grind away, drum, bone up, get up, mug up, swot up, bone] [also: swotting, swotted]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. : to study with effort or determination.
  2. : to study something with effort or determination (swot up on).
    "You may need to swot up on Perl references (perldoc perlreftut) to take advantage of this module."

Derived terms


  1. slang UK one who swots.
  2. slang UK work.
  3. slang UK vigorous study at an educational institution.
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Acronym-term used in marketing for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. Things marketers look for in a competitor.

Extensive Definition

Swot may refer to:
  • Swot, a British slang term for an inoffensive person who nevertheless offends his peers by giving too much attention to his schoolwork, a boffin
  • Swot, a British idiom for studying something quickly: "I have to swot up (on) Greek myths.", as in rote learning
  • Swat, a strike or blow
  • SWOT analysis- a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project

See also

  • Swotvac, a study break period commonly found in British and Australian universities.
  • Swat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beast of burden, bone, commit to memory, con, contemplate, dig, drill, drudge, elucubrate, examine, fag, galley slave, get by heart, get letter-perfect, go over, greasy grind, grind, grub, hack, have by heart, know by heart, learn by heart, learn verbatim, lucubrate, memorize, parrot, peruse, plodder, plunge into, pore over, practice, read, recite, regard studiously, repeat, repeat by heart, restudy, review, slave, slogger, study, swot up, vet, wade through, workhorse
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