- an amount of liquid, especially liquor, taken in one swallow; draught: He took a swig from the flask.
- to drink heartily or greedily.
Origin of swig
Examples from the Web for swig
Contemporary Examples of swig
I ordered a salad, ate it, and in the bathroom snuck a swig of Pepto.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Pavlenko exclaimed, taking a swig of the Ukrainian vodka known as harilka.Kiev’s Protestors Put on Uniforms
March 15, 2014
After effectively blowing him off the screen, she pops a Budweiser and takes a swig before gazing at the defeated one last time.The Daily Beast’s Oscar Nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway & More
January 4, 2013
Another, more erotic, painting shows a young, topless girl wearing handcuffs, surreptitiously sneaking a swig of beer from a can.Lindsay Lohan’s Graffiti Scandal in Venice, CA
February 15, 2011
Swig has blamed the lack of payment on his inability to access his Lehman loan.The New Disaster at Lehman
October 19, 2008
Historical Examples of swig
I now went ashore at Charleston, and had my swig, as long as the money lasted.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I don't care ef there's a dozen on 'em;' and he took a swig at his bottle.Oldtown Fireside Stories
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Instead, however, of jumping at the chance, he took a swig at a flask of cognac.The Magnificent Montez
And Swig says: "Well, Mr. Febrile, have you ever acted ill?"The Letters of Charles Dickens
Maybe, like as not, a swig o' rum ud sweeten his bilge, sir.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
- a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
- to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
Word Origin for swig
1540s, "drink, liquor," later "big or hearty drink of liquor" (1620s), of unknown origin.
1650s, from swig (n.). Related: Swigged; swigging.