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[swiz-uh l] /ˈswɪz əl/
a tall drink, originating in Barbados, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and sugar: typically served with a swizzle stick.
verb (used with object), swizzled, swizzling.
to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
to gulp down; guzzle.
Origin of swizzle
1805-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
swizzler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for swizzle
Historical Examples
  • McGlade slowly and deliberately drank the last of his swizzle.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • If enny one tries to swizzle me out of it I'm goin' to swizzle back, an' you can lay to that.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • At the worst of the storm there is neither Heaven nor Earth, but only a swizzle into which a man may be brewed.

  • In the sparkling “swizzle” was an infusion of the baneful Savannah flower.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Not fizz at all, but that old brewing of honey—mead—metheglin—old Saxon swizzle.

    Sir Hilton's Sin George Manville Fenn
  • swizzle withdrew the auger hurriedly; from its point a few bright red drops trickled.

British Dictionary definitions for swizzle


(US) an unshaken cocktail
an alcoholic drink containing gin or rum
(Brit, informal) a swiz
(transitive) to stir a swizzle stick in (a drink)
(Brit, informal) to swindle; cheat
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swizzle

1813, name for various kinds of liquor drinks, or for intoxicating drinks generally, possibly a variant of switchel "a drink of molasses and water" (often mixed with rum), first attested 1790, of uncertain origin. Swizzle-stick attested by 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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swizzle in Technology

To convert external names, array indices, or references within a data structure into address pointers when the data structure is brought into main memory from external storage (also called "pointer swizzling"); this may be done for speed in chasing references or to simplify code (e.g. by turning lots of name lookups into pointer dereferences). The converse operation is sometimes termed "unswizzling".
See also snap.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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