[ swiz-uh l ]
/ ˈswɪz əl /


a tall drink, originating in Barbados, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and sugar: typically served with a swizzle stick.

verb (used with object), swiz·zled, swiz·zling.

to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
to gulp down; guzzle.

Origin of swizzle

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain

Related forms

swiz·zler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swizzle


/ (ˈswɪzəl) /


US an unshaken cocktail
an alcoholic drink containing gin or rum
British informal a swiz


(tr) to stir a swizzle stick in (a drink)
British informal to swindle; cheat

Word Origin for swizzle

C19: of unknown origin
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