\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

b : spoils, profits

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

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 At the first New York edition of Internapalooza, engineers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Quicken Loans Inc. greeted hundreds of computer science students with smiles and swag as their firms worked to recruit young talent. Amanda L Gordon, Bloomberg.com, "Goldman ‘as Competitive’ as Google, Says Young Job-Seeking Coder," 25 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first trailer for the English dub — which will be released here in the fall — will screen, and there’ll be giveaways of posters and other swag. Charles Solomon, latimes.com, "Anime Expo 2018 returns to L.A. with 'My Hero Academia: Two Heroes' premiere," 2 July 2018 For parting gifts, supporters had their pick of fresh veggie and fruit swag for the mini-road trip home, and first dibs on Chefs in the Field's sophomore fete on October 7, a pig roast sponsored by Jolie Vue Farms. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 The auction also includes items like skates autographed by Olympians and various posters and swag from 30 years of events at the downtown arena. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Would you pay more for a smashed Metallica guitar, or one that's in like-new condition?," 12 June 2018 Besides a cake bearing the bank logo, branch manager David Jonagan and his team prepared goody bags labeled with deposit slips with each child’s name and Chase swag such as coloring books, piggy banks, balloons, pens and zipper bags. Maura Cordova, azcentral, "Phoenix boy 'obsessed' with banks throws 7th birthday party at Chase Bank," 24 May 2018 Still others, like Wellcoin and FitCoin, offer cryptocurrency or swag in exchange for healthy food and fitness choices. Molly Shea, Glamour, "The Real Deal with Those Apps that Pay You to Lose Weight," 17 May 2018 Throughout the city, Energizer Stations will offer free La Colombe lattes, bike lights, and other swag to those who participate. Philly.com, "Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest, Kinetic Sculpture Derby, All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival and other great events, May 18-25," 16 May 2018 Appetizers and swag will be offered at the free event. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Waitr continues to expand in Alabama," 30 Apr. 2018 Visitors who dine at one of CityScape’s restaurants can show their receipts of $20 or more and receive one or more spins on a prize wheel to try to win free swag such as charging sticks, water bottles or sunglasses. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "A night with Christopher Lloyd of 'Back to the Future,' plus more fun events this weekend," 10 July 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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