- liquid or partly liquid food for animals, especially kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash.
- kitchen refuse in general; garbage.
- any liquid mess, waste, or refuse; slop.
- a deep draught of liquor.
- contemptibly worthless utterance or writing; drivel.
- to drink greedily or excessively.
- to drink (something) greedily or to excess; guzzle.
- to feed (animals) with swill: to swill hogs.
- Chiefly British. to wash by rinsing or flooding with water.
Origin of swill
Examples from the Web for swilling
“Swilling the Planters With Bumbo: When Booze Bought Elections,” at Smithsonian.com.The Independent Rundown, November 6
November 6, 2012
Four parties, many celebs, and a night of swilling for Obama.Where We Found Ethan Hawke, Harvey Weinstein, and Jessica Alba Last Night
November 5, 2008
An ould friend, whose hand has rested in my hand, and swilling the floor of a prison!The Manxman
Another plunge and swilling of water in the pan, and—could he believe his eyes!A Waif of the Plains
There fell Faustus and his company a-drinking and swilling, not of the worst, but of the best.Mediaeval Tales
The horses' mouths are heard, swilling the water out of tubs.Coaches and Coaching
If I were here I should be fighting, instead of swilling wine and idling as do these men.With Wellington in Spain
F. S. Brereton
- to drink large quantities of (liquid, esp alcoholic drink); guzzle
- (tr often foll by out) mainly British to drench or rinse in large amounts of water
- (tr) to feed swill to (pigs, etc)
- wet feed, esp for pigs, consisting of kitchen waste, skimmed milk, etc
- garbage or refuse, esp from a kitchen
- a deep draught of drink, esp beer
- any liquid mess
- the act of swilling
Word Origin and History for swilling
Old English swilian, swillan "to wash, gargle," with no certain cognates, but probably from Proto-Germanic *sweljanan, related to the root of swallow (v.). Meaning "drink greedily" is from 1530s. Related: Swilled; swilling.
"liquid kitchen refuse fed to pigs," 1550s, from swill (v.).