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swag

verb \ ˈswag \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of swag

swagged; swagging
intransitive verb
1 : sway, lurch
2 : sag, droop
transitive verb
1 : to adorn with swags
2 : to arrange (something, such as drapery) in swags

Examples of swag in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of swag from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of swag

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

swag Synonyms

Synonyms
flag, hang, loll, sag, droop, wilt
Related Words
slouch, slump; cave (in), collapse, crumple, drop, fall, sink, subside, yield
Near Antonyms
distend, stiffen; rise, straighten, unbend, uncurl

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swag

noun

Definition of swag

1 : sway 1
2 a : something (such as a decoration) hanging in a curve between two points : festoon
b : a suspended cluster (as of evergreen branches)
3 a : 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

Examples of swag in a Sentence

  1. The robbers divided the swag.

  2. robbed a bank and hid the swag under the floorboards

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First Known Use of swag

1660

swag Synonyms


SWAG Defined for English Language Learners

swag

noun

Definition of swag for English Language Learners

  • : stolen property



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