\ˈswig \

Definition of swig 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a quantity drunk at one time


swigged; swigging

Definition of swig (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to drink in long drafts swig cider

intransitive verb

: to take a swig : drink

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swigger noun

Examples of swig in a Sentence


can I have just a swig of your lemonade to wash down these french fries?


the only way he can stay awake at his night job is by constantly swigging drinks containing caffeine

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese star, took swigs from his bottle and expelled the drink in dots and dashes in a kind of aquatic Morse code. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 Bell spotted him, hopped off the bus, went over to the fan, took a few swigs, thanked him and handed the bottle back. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Warriors rookie Jordan Bell took swigs of fan’s Hennessy during parade," 12 June 2018 An officer spoke to the mother, who was not intoxicated and admitted that her child unexpectedly grabbed her beer and took a swig from it. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Baby seen drinking beer at a sports bar," 15 June 2018 Connor, 25 The gimmick: Stealing the lead away during cocktail hour, proffering a bottle of champagne and then drinking directly from it before offering Becca a flute-free swig. Jay Willis, GQ, "Bachelorette Recap: What Your Opening-Night Gimmick Says About Your Chances at Finding Love," 29 May 2018 Cline grabbed a glass of beer and took a swig, police reports say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Avon cop now charged with assault in drunken fight with Jack Cleveland Casino security guard," 25 Apr. 2018 On the weekends, when the bankers flee to the ’burbs, filching swigs of liquor on the Metra, the LaSalle Street canyon goes dark. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Mezcal old fashioned from Vol. 39," 20 Dec. 2017 After Bryan recalled that someone drank beer out of their boot at one of his concerts, Perry decided to take a swig from her own heels! Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Katy Perry's Love for Disney Style Extends Far Beyond Her American Idol Snow White Outfit," 30 Apr. 2018 Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and the rest of the defensive backs were taking swigs from a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Why Doug Pederson Is, Unquestionably, Coach of the Year," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For 23 years, London Grill co-owner and Bastille Day co-creator Terry Berch McNally has appeared in frock and wig, swigging pink champagne on the prison parapet in the event’s historically irreverent portrayal of Marie Antoinette. Lauren Mccutcheon, Philly.com, "Eastern State Penitentiary's Marie Antoinette will toss Tastykakes Saturday for final Bastille Day," 11 July 2018 The setting is dreamy, full of ‘60s rock and dusty scenery as Camille drives home, swigging vodka from a water bottle the entire way. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 1," 9 July 2018 Preaker is a motel bathtub-dwelling, vodka-swigging cutter. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Sharp Objects Is the Feminist True Detective We've Been Waiting For," 8 July 2018 Photo: Dawn Crosswhite Sour reactions have long driven an untold population of Americans to swig the stuff covertly. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Done Hiding Their Shameful Secret, Pickle-Juice Drinkers Go Public," 28 June 2018 As the victorious Daniel Ricciardo swigged from a champagne bottle on the podium Sunday, the Australian's joy at winning on the famed winding streets of the Mediterranean principality was clear for all to see. CNN, "Monaco GP 'probably the most boring race ever' says Fernando Alonso," 28 May 2018 Some of the backroom staff swigged on huge bottles of champagne. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Manchester City held to scoreless draw by Huddersfield in title celebration," 6 May 2018 On a recent weekday afternoon Bob Dantuono, an Italian American electrician, swigged a pint of Guinness while watching a horse race. Nina Agrawal, latimes.com, "Brooklyn's Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again," 20 Apr. 2018 As evidenced by Gruden’s recent comments to S.L. Price in Sports Illustrated, his Corona-swigging, visor-wearing personality has only deepened during his lengthy spell as a television commentator. Conor Orr, SI.com, "What to Watch at the NFL Combine," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of swig


circa 1623, in the meaning defined above


circa 1650, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for swig


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of swig

: to drink (something) quickly and in large amounts : to swallow a lot of (a drink)


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Kids Definition of swig

: the amount drunk at one time : gulp

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to express warning or disapproval

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