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[swig] /swɪg/ Informal.
an amount of liquid, especially liquor, taken in one swallow; draught:
He took a swig from the flask.
verb (used with or without object), swigged, swigging.
to drink heartily or greedily.
Origin of swig
First recorded in 1540-50; origin uncertain
Related forms
swigger, noun Unabridged
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  • I now went ashore at Charleston, and had my swig, as long as the money lasted.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I don't care ef there's a dozen on 'em;' and he took a swig at his bottle.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Instead, however, of jumping at the chance, he took a swig at a flask of cognac.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • And swig says: "Well, Mr. Febrile, have you ever acted ill?"

  • Maybe, like as not, a swig o' rum ud sweeten his bilge, sir.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for swig


a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
verb swigs, swigging, swigged
to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
Derived Forms
swigger, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swig

1540s, "drink, liquor," later "big or hearty drink of liquor" (1620s), of unknown origin.


1650s, from swig (n.). Related: Swigged; swigging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for swig



A swallow of liquor; pull, slug

[1621+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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