\ ˈswag \
swagged; swagging

Definition of swag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adorn with swags
2 : to arrange (something, such as drapery) in swags



Definition of swag (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : something (such as a decoration) hanging in a curve between two points : festoon
b : a suspended cluster (as of evergreen branches)
3a : goods acquired by unlawful means : loot
c : promotional goods or items … Ravens gear was selling better than O's swag. I bought one of the cartoon-bird caps …— David Simon
d : goods given to people who attend or participate in an event Her handbags … one year were a part of the swag celebrities brought home from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.— Karen Martin
e : money, lucre … affirmed that he is now bonded to pay up to $5,000 to any listener who may lose out on swag being offered by another network.— Saul Carson
4 : a depression in the earth
5 chiefly Australia : a pack of personal belongings

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Synonyms for swag

Synonyms: Verb

droop, flag, hang, loll, sag, wilt

Synonyms: Noun

booty, loot, pillage, plunder, spoil

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Examples of swag in a Sentence


the days of endless worrying had taken their toll, and the old woman's face swagged with exhaustion


The robbers divided the swag. robbed a bank and hid the swag under the floorboards
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Rossa, Buren’s stripes wrap the soft edges of the building, the two patterns of color meeting in a swagging line around the middle. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 Young just swagged his way to his first championship ring as a key reserve for the Warriors. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "NBA draft prospects: Mo Bamba addressing his biggest criticism and 24 other things to know," 19 June 2018 Along with food and vendor mainstays, there will be pride swag available for purchase, including hoodies, hats, raffle tickets and more. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "PrideFest 2018 starts this week in Anchorage; here are some of the highlights," 8 June 2018 Celebrate local small businesses and pick up some new reads, be they old classics or fresh off the press, and swag such as posters and more. Philly.com, "South Street Spring Festival, Fishtown Flea, Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race, and other fun happenings, May 4-11," 2 May 2018 Where: Tough Luck Bar | 1771 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR The Goods: There will be food and drink specials, a Terry Porter NBA Jam machine (with proceeds going to Doernbecher), Blazers swag, prizes and more. Tim Brown, OregonLive.com, "Rip City Report live podcast event offers fans a chance to talk Trail Blazers with reporters on Tuesday," 12 Mar. 2018 For Isabell Hutchins the gifts were even more personal — 1996 Olympics swag featuring the event’s mascot, Izzy. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Larry Nassar: The making of a monster who abused gymnasts for decades," 8 Mar. 2018 The classically prepared omelet is appropriate at any hour and can be swagged up with an optional hit of caviar. Bon Appetit, "La Banane," 26 Oct. 2017 Sure, some students will swag out their rooms with energy-guzzling TVs, game consoles, microwaves, or mini-fridges. Suzy Le Bel, USA TODAY College, "6 ways to make your dorm room more eco-friendly," 28 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Goldman’s linen jumpers, boyishly cut shirting, and cozy stretch knits are exactly the kind of anti-traditional maternity swag the world needs, on top of ready-to-wear labels like Dôen which have become popular alternatives to classic maternitywear. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Hatch Dress and 3 Other Maternity Brands That Are Actually Chic," 11 Jan. 2019 The important point is that swag is for fans, people who don’t actually own Ferraris. Dan Neil, WSJ, "If You Own a Ferrari, Can You Wear a Ferrari Hat?," 14 Sep. 2018 Consider this the ultimate fan swag: Gosford Castle, a storied estate in Northern Ireland that made a memorable cameo on season 3 of Game of Thrones, is now on the market—a substantial portion of it, anyway. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Own a piece Game of Thrones for $650K," 3 Aug. 2018 And if all else fails, there's always swag — free promotional T-shirts, tote bags or doughnuts to excite the crowd. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "Universal rules CinemaCon with 'Jurassic World,' 'Halloween,' Ryan Gosling and Cher," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite the social media ban, guests are still revealing their swag from the event. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Wedding So Far," 10 Nov. 2018 The Saturday Night Live cast member has spent much of 2018 debuting ink, apparently changing up his interests from swag to sharks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Got a Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tattoo," 21 Nov. 2018 Premium options for big-spendin’ VIP types are going for $175 and $300, each coming with varying levels of perks and swag. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Death Cab for Cutie headlining 107.7 The End’s relocated Deck the Hall Ball," 8 Oct. 2018 The singer’s voice could lift my mom’s spirits immediately, and her attitude and swag gave her the strength to suit up and charge into another day. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "What Aretha Franklin Taught Me About Being Unapologetically Fabulous," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of swag


1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swag


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian svagga to sway, rock; akin to Middle Low German swacken to rock

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The first known use of swag was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of swag

: stolen property

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to gather or build up little by little

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