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verb (used with or without object), swigged, swig·ging.
  1. to drink heartily or greedily.

Origin of swig

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
Related formsswig·ger, noun
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Related Words for swig

gulp, guzzle, drink, hoist, draft, nip, swash, sway

Examples from the Web for swig

Contemporary Examples of swig

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.

  • And Swig says: "Well, Mr. Febrile, have you ever acted ill?"

  • Maybe, like as not, a swig o' rum ud sweeten his bilge, sir.

    Brothers of Peril

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for swig


  1. a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
verb swigs, swigging or swigged
  1. 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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