- 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
First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for swigger
It was one o'clock in the morning, and I had been dining with Swigger Morrison at his club.
You will remember that I had been dining with Swigger Morrison at his club.
But any sheep would be resolute and rash after dining with Swigger Morrison at his club.
- a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
- to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
C16: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for swigger
1540s, "drink, liquor," later "big or hearty drink of liquor" (1620s), of unknown origin.
1650s, from swig (n.). Related: Swigged; swigging.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper