[ 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 formsswiz·zler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swizzled
/ (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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Word Origin and History for swizzled
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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