Meaning of swatting in English:


Pronunciation /ˈswɒtɪŋ/


mass noun informal US
  • The action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.

    • ‘he found out that he was a victim of swatting after police surrounded his home on Thursday’
    • ‘the officers realized they had been sent to the house as part of a swatting prank’
    • ‘Likely it was a random act committed by someone who thinks the practice of swatting is funny.’
    • ‘She inoculated herself from that happening by letting police know well in advance that she might become a target of swatting.’
    • ‘The target of that swatting attempt was one of the suspect's teachers, according to police.’
    • ‘Reading all of those horror stories about swatting, the question we are ultimately left to answer is what we can all do to protect ourselves.’
    • ‘Ultimately this led to a California state law that forced those engaging in swatting to bear the "full cost of their actions."’
    • ‘He added that police took the call "very seriously," and that swatting is "a tremendous waste of taxpayer resources."’
    • ‘It is inevitable as the sun rising that swatting will ultimately lead to someone innocent getting killed.’
    • ‘Swatting is not a new phenomenon, but it has gained popularity over the last few years.’
    • ‘The FBI detailed the exploits of five men who went on a nationwide swatting spree between 2002 and 2006.’
    • ‘We need to do everything we can to combat swatting, and I encourage my colleagues to support this important measure.’


Early 21st century with reference to the possibility that a SWAT team will be dispatched.