Swipe vs Snitch - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between swipe and snitch

is that swipe is to steal or snatch while snitch is to steal, quickly and quietly.

As nouns the difference between swipe and snitch

is that swipe is (countable) a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; a sweep while snitch is a thief.




  • To steal or snatch.
  • Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
  • * 1968 , , 00:48:18:
  • "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
  • To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
  • He swiped his card at the door.
  • To grab or bat quickly.
  • The cat swiped at the shoelace.


  • (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
  • (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
  • (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
  • Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
  • (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
  • Anagrams





  • To steal, quickly and quietly.
  • To inform on.
  • (slang) To contact or cooperate with the police for any reason.
  • Noun

  • A thief.
  • An informer, usually one who betrays his group.
  • (rft-sense) (British) A nose.
  • * 1897 , W.S. Maugham, , chapter 1
  • 'Yah, I wouldn't git a second-'and dress at a pawnbroker's!'
    'Garn!' said Liza indignantly. 'I'll swipe yer over the snitch if yer talk ter me. [...] "
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1960 , year_published=2001 , publisher=Penguin Classics , author=Barbara Wright (tr.) , by=Raymond Queneau , title=Zazie in the metro , original=Zazie dans le métro citation , isbn=9780142180044 , page=96 , passage=He added in conclusion that he strongly disliked the police coming and sticking its nose into his affairs and, since the horror which such actions inspired in him was not far from making him wish to vomit, he extracted from his pocket a silken square of the colour of the lilac flower (the one that isn’t white) but impregnated with Barbouze, the Fior perfume, and with it dabbed his snitch .}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1978 , year_published=1999 , publisher=University of Chicago Press , author=Brenda R. Silver , quotee=Alan Bennett , title=Virginia Woolf icon , section=Take Seven: British Graffiti: Me ,I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf'' and ''Sammy And Rosie Get Laid citation , isbn=9780226757452 , page=158 , passage= On one level clearly emblematic of her class status, “she’d have really looked down her snitch at me”), Virginia Woolf's nose, both Bennett and his audience would know, signifies as well the far more frightening power, the phallic power, attributed to women, strong women in particular.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1994 , publisher=HarperCollins , author=Christine Marion Fraser , title=Noble Beginnings citation , isbn=9780002241014 , page=74 , passage=‘Yes, I’m a witch! I wiggle my snitch![...]’}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup
  • , year=1999 , date=September 27 , author="billy" , title=Re: Babies Having Babies , newsgroup=uk.media.tv.misc citation , passage=Bluenoze: Blow your nose to clear your snitch of whatever it is you've been snorting and read the postings again.}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup
  • , year=1999 , date=March 26 , author=G Greenway , title=Re: aah-cho!! , newsgroup=alt.gothic citation , passage=Question: do benign bacteria live in one's snitch and keep the other, nastier ones at bay ?}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup
  • , year=2001 , date=July 27 , author=catmandoo , title=Re: Please help me to be 'correct'. , newsgroup=uk.local.isle-of-wight citation , passage=Have a perpetual dew drop hanging from your snitch }}


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