[swiz-uh l]


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 formsswiz·zler, noun
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Examples from the Web for swizzle

Historical Examples of swizzle

  • If enny one tries to swizzle me out of it I'm goin' to swizzle back, an' you can lay to that.

    A Man to His Mate

    J. Allan Dunn

  • McGlade slowly and deliberately drank the last of his swizzle.

    The Shadow

    Arthur Stringer

  • In the sparkling “swizzle” was an infusion of the baneful Savannah flower.

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

  • At the worst of the storm there is neither Heaven nor Earth, but only a swizzle into which a man may be brewed.

  • Not fizz at all, but that old brewing of honey—mead—metheglin—old Saxon swizzle.

    Sir Hilton's Sin

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for swizzle



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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Word Origin and History for swizzle

1813, name for various kinds of liquor drinks, or for intoxicating drinks generally, possibly a variant of switchel "a drink of molasses and water" (often mixed with rum), first attested 1790, of uncertain origin. Swizzle-stick attested by 1859.

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