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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.
  3. a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center.
  4. a swale.
  5. a swaying or lurching movement.
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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.
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verb (used with object), swagged, swag·ging.
  1. to cause to sway, sink, or sag.
  2. to hang or adorn with swags.
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Origin of swag1

1520–30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svaga, svagga to sway, rock


  1. Slang.
    1. plunder; booty.
    2. money; valuables.
    3. free merchandise distributed as part of the promotion of a product, company, etc.
    4. self-confidence and personal style as shown by one's appearance and demeanor: the top ten athletes with the most swag.
    5. schwag(def 1).
  2. Australian. a traveler's bundle containing personal belongings, cooking utensils, food, or the like.
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  1. Slang. cool; cute; looking great: She looks so swag in her new jacket.Check out my swag boyfriend.
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verb (used without object), swagged, swag·ging.
  1. Australian. to travel about carrying one's bundle of personal belongings.
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Also sweg [sweg] /swɛg/ (for defs 1, 3).

Origin of swag2

First recorded in 1790–1800; special uses of swag1
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Related Words

wilt, slump, slide, sink, slip, dip, languish, incline, shift, tip, lurch, bend, sway, decline, swag, flop, flap, bulge, lean, drop

Examples from the Web for swagging

Historical Examples

  • To yank my firewood in here is heart-breaking; that and swagging tucker from town.

    The Tale of Timber Town

    Alfred Grace

  • Before very long Bent and his companions were once more on the move, swagging through the bush to the Patea Valley.

  • Fearful tugging, swagging and swaying is conceivable, in this Sterbohol problem!

  • Such rods as the above are formed at once by rolling, swagging, or any other means.

  • Stand back there, fat loon, gin ye wantna a quarrel shot intil that swagging tallow-bag ye ca' your wame!

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for swagging


  1. slang property obtained by theft or other illicit means
  2. slang goods; valuables
  3. an ornamental festoon of fruit, flowers, or drapery or a representation of this
  4. a swaying movement; lurch
  5. Midland English dialect a depression filled with water, resulting from mining subsidence
  6. Australian and NZ informal (formerly) a swagman's pack containing personal belongings
  7. go on the swag Australian and NZ informal to become a tramp
  8. swags of Australian and NZ informal lots of
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verb swags, swagging or swagged
  1. mainly British to lurch or sag or cause to lurch or sag
  2. (tr) to adorn or arrange with swags
  3. (intr) Australian informal to tramp about carrying a pack of personal belongings
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian svagga to sway
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Word Origin and History for swagging



"to move heavily or unsteadily," 1520s, probably from Old Norse sveggja "to swing, sway," cognate with Old English swingan "to swing" (see swing). Related: Swagged; swagging.

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"ornamental festoon," 1794, from swag (v.). Colloquial sense of "promotional material" (from recording companies, etc.) was in use by 2001; swag was English criminal's slang for "quantity of stolen property, loot" from c.1839. Earlier senses of "bulky bag" (c.1300) and "big, blustering fellow" (1580s) may represent separate borrowings from the Scandinavian source. Swag lamp attested from 1966.

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