- 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
Examples from the Web for swigging
Contemporary Examples of swigging
Take James Carville, who, swigging Coc' Cola and playing the mad Cajun, spurred buttermilk-biscuit glamour to new heights.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
Historical Examples of swigging
"I dunno wot 'ee's saying mister, but 'good health'," said Bates, swigging the wine with gusto.The Postmaster's Daughter
Another fell, dead drunk, by the wayside, as a result of swigging spirits of camphor.Tartarin de Tarascon
"That is very well mixed, steward, very cool," said I swigging off horn No.The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. I of 2)
Number one nag with a pailful of water, swigging away like a Glasgow baillie at a bowl of punch.Lands of the Slave and the Free
Henry A. Murray
And Bob, swigging hot tea and munching a biscuit, began once more to tell his story.The Black Buccaneer
Stephen W. Meader
- a large swallow or deep drink, esp from a bottle
- to drink (some liquid) deeply, esp from a bottle
Word Origin for swig
1540s, "drink, liquor," later "big or hearty drink of liquor" (1620s), of unknown origin.
1650s, from swig (n.). Related: Swigged; swigging.