verb \ˈswil\

: to drink (something) quickly in large amounts

of a liquid : to move around in a container

: to cause (a liquid) to move around in a container

Full Definition of SWILL

transitive verb
:  wash, drench
:  to drink great drafts of :  guzzle <swill beer>
:  to feed (as a pig) with swill
intransitive verb
:  to drink or eat freely, greedily, or to excess
:  swash
swill·er noun

Examples of SWILL

  1. She watched the water swill around in the bucket.
  2. He swilled the water around in the pot.
  3. He swilled the floor with buckets of water.

Origin of SWILL

Middle English swilen, from Old English swillan
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SWILL



: food for animals (such as pigs) made from scraps of food and water

: food or drink that is very bad or unappealing

Full Definition of SWILL

:  something suggestive of slop or garbage :  refuse
a :  a semiliquid food for animals (as swine) composed of edible refuse mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
b :  garbage

Examples of SWILL

  1. <took his daily swill of the foul-tasting medicine>
  2. <I don't know what's in this swill, but I know that I'm not eating it.>

First Known Use of SWILL


Related to SWILL

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


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