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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Examples from the Web for swigger

Historical Examples of 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.

British Dictionary definitions for swigger


  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 swigger



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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