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[swiz-uh l]
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  1. 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), swiz·zled, swiz·zling.
  1. to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
  2. to gulp down; guzzle.

Origin of swizzle

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain
Related formsswiz·zler, noun
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Examples from the Web for swizzled

Historical Examples

  • He swizzled the ice around in his glass, still holding it up to the light.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Its a letter, and Ill be swizzled if it isnt addressed to you!

British Dictionary definitions for swizzled


  1. US an unshaken cocktail
  2. an alcoholic drink containing gin or rum
  3. British informal a swiz
  1. (tr) to stir a swizzle stick in (a drink)
  2. British informal to swindle; cheat

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swizzled



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.

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