\ ˈswag How to pronounce swag (audio) \
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

Entenmann's is giving a year's supply of their doughnuts — along with cash and some swag — to dedicated fans of the holey pastry. Sallee Ann Ruibal, Cincinnati.com, "Love doughnuts? Enter this contest for a year's supply," 10 May 2018 The Wing released a line of terrazzo-print swag last summer. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 This lack of self-consciousness was the first of many indications that things in the Goop universe ran deeper than superfoods and swag. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, "The Top Takeaways from 2019’s In Goop Health Summit," 12 Mar. 2019 The model formerly isn’t the only one rocking swag emblazoned with her new spouse’s last name. Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Doubling Down on Her New Last Name With Her Outfit," 19 Nov. 2018 Miller said Lifeway gives out lots of branded swag including toys, T-shirts and other promotional items, along with temporary tattoos, hair dyeing and other touches in keeping with the theme of the parent festival. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Brand-a-palooza: Summer festivals give sponsors a platform to sell experiences — and more stuff," 14 June 2018 Nor did the Bears ever provide any type of swag or memorabilia to the players. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Bears fumble ball with decision to deprive high school players chance to play at Soldier Field," 8 May 2018 The first 200 people in the door will receive free custom bags to put the day's swag provided by the TV Network and Akron Comicon. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "What is on your summer bucket list?: Calling all readers," 4 May 2018 Scott’s Céline swag actually came from Instagram, specifically the account @noausterity, which belongs to New York vintage dealer Sam Borgstrom. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These 7 Vintage Accounts on Instagram Are Tailor-Made for Male Fashion Nerds," 16 Jan. 2019

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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

informal + old-fashioned : stolen property

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