- liquid or partly liquid food for animals, especially kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash.
- kitchen refuse in general; garbage.
- any liquid mess, waste, or refuse; slop.
- a deep draught of liquor.
- contemptibly worthless utterance or writing; drivel.
- to drink greedily or excessively.
- to drink (something) greedily or to excess; guzzle.
- to feed (animals) with swill: to swill hogs.
- Chiefly British. to wash by rinsing or flooding with water.
Origin of swill
Examples from the Web for swill
I'd as soon think of telling the Pope of Rome to empty a pail of swill as I would him.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Jones, annoyed at the swill tossed about, had turned from him.The Paliser case
One day I cooked a squash, putting the parings in a swill pail.Old Rail Fence Corners
The bread I was able to eat, but could not contrive to drink the swill.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
“Finish your swill, and then we can talk,” said Rawley, carelessly.Northern Lights
- to drink large quantities of (liquid, esp alcoholic drink); guzzle
- (tr often foll by out) mainly British to drench or rinse in large amounts of water
- (tr) to feed swill to (pigs, etc)
- wet feed, esp for pigs, consisting of kitchen waste, skimmed milk, etc
- garbage or refuse, esp from a kitchen
- a deep draught of drink, esp beer
- any liquid mess
- the act of swilling
Word Origin and History for swill
Old English swilian, swillan "to wash, gargle," with no certain cognates, but probably from Proto-Germanic *sweljanan, related to the root of swallow (v.). Meaning "drink greedily" is from 1530s. Related: Swilled; swilling.
"liquid kitchen refuse fed to pigs," 1550s, from swill (v.).