an amount of liquid, especially liquor, taken in one swallow; draught: He took a swig from the flask.

verb (used with or without object), swigged, swig·ging.

to drink heartily or greedily.

Origin of swig

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
Related formsswig·ger, noun
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a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle

verb swigs, swigging or swigged

to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
Derived Formsswigger, noun

Word Origin for swig

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swig

1540s, "drink, liquor," later "big or hearty drink of liquor" (1620s), of unknown origin.


1650s, from swig (n.). Related: Swigged; swigging.

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