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  1. an amount of liquid, especially liquor, taken in one swallow; draught: He took a swig from the flask.
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verb (used with or without object), swigged, swig·ging.
  1. to drink heartily or greedily.
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Origin of swig

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
Related formsswig·ger, noun
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Examples from the Web for swigger

Historical Examples

  • It was one o'clock in the morning, and I had been dining with Swigger Morrison at his club.

    A Thief in the Night

    E. W. Hornung

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for swigger


  1. a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
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verb swigs, swigging or swigged
  1. to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
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Derived Formsswigger, noun

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for swigger



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

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

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