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  1. a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon.

  2. a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit.

  1. a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center.

  2. a swale.

  3. a swaying or lurching movement.

verb (used without object),swagged, swag·ging.
  1. to move heavily or unsteadily from side to side or up and down; sway.

  2. to hang loosely and heavily; sink down.

verb (used with object),swagged, swag·ging.
  1. to cause to sway, sink, or sag.

  2. to hang or adorn with swags.

Origin of swag

First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svaga, svagga “to sway, rock”

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Other definitions for swag (2 of 3)

[ swag ]

  1. Slang.

    • free merchandise distributed as part of the promotion of a product, company, etc.

    • self-confidence and personal style as shown by one's appearance and demeanor: the top ten athletes with the most swag.

  2. Australian. a traveler's bundle containing personal belongings, cooking utensils, food, or the like.

  1. Slang. cool; cute; looking great: She looks so swag in her new jacket.Check out my swag boyfriend.

verb (used without object),swagged, swag·ging.
  1. Australian. to travel about carrying one's bundle of personal belongings.

Origin of swag

First recorded in 1790–1800; special uses of swag1
  • Also sweg [sweg] /swɛg/ (for defs. 1, 3) .

Other definitions for SWAG (3 of 3)

[ swag ]

noun, abbreviationSlang.
  1. scientific wild-ass guess: a rough, intuitive estimate made on the spur of the moment by an expert.

Origin of SWAG

First recorded in 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for swag


/ (swæɡ) /

  1. slang property obtained by theft or other illicit means

  2. slang goods; valuables

  1. an ornamental festoon of fruit, flowers, or drapery or a representation of this

  2. a swaying movement; lurch

  3. Midland English dialect a depression filled with water, resulting from mining subsidence

  4. Australian and NZ informal (formerly) a swagman's pack containing personal belongings

  5. go on the swag Australian and NZ informal to become a tramp

  6. swags of Australian and NZ informal lots of

verbswags, swagging or swagged
  1. mainly British to lurch or sag or cause to lurch or sag

  2. (tr) to adorn or arrange with swags

  1. (intr) Australian informal to tramp about carrying a pack of personal belongings

Origin of swag

C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian svagga to sway

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