1 of 2


: a quantity drunk at one time


2 of 2


swigged; swigging

transitive verb

: to drink in long drafts
swig cider

intransitive verb

: to take a swig : drink
swigger noun

Examples of swig in a Sentence

Noun can I have just a swig of your lemonade to wash down these french fries? Verb the only way he can stay awake at his night job is by constantly swigging drinks containing caffeine
Recent Examples on the Web
Cruz then grabbed a bottle of Shiner Bock, a dark lager, unscrewed the cap and took a swig. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2023 Sip, swig and stroll your way through the event featuring 35 eateries. The Hub, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 In January, this realisation — combined with a hint of rust out at work and a swig of New Year's resolution fever — lead me to start reading books about time. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 9 May 2023 And while Jim takes swigs from a Pepto Bismol bottle, there’s never much sense of anxiety or fear in Quinto’s performance. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 The 39-year-old proceeded to grab a small bottle from the audience and took a swig before passing it on to her guitarist. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 Popularized in the early 20th century, participants take a swig from their shoe before returning it to their foot. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 24 July 2023 The singer downed a good half of it, grimaced (relatable), then passed the rest off to her guitarist, who finished it with a mighty swig. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2023 Tap-water drinkers can take a big swig this week to celebrate Drinking Water Week, which runs through Saturday. Bill Laytner, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2023
The carousel also featured a video of her and Kylie swigging shots from a bottle of Don Julio 1942 Tequila and then attempting to do their make-up. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2023 This year’s edition of the Beer Mile World Classic stipulated that runners must swig 5 percent ABV beers from cans, which most competitors find to be slightly slower than racing with beer in bottles. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 17 Oct. 2022 Yet residents of Chicago—and many other cities—still mostly swig from taps fed by lead pipes. The Economist, 5 Dec. 2020 The stereotypical nonprofit fundraiser equates to old-fashioned and expensive, with a seat at a table costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars to swig Champagne with the barons of society. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2020 Trendy meal plans may sound like the magical answer to get into your skinny jeans — swallow a pill, swig some juice, eat some kale. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, 28 Feb. 2018 The spinster was replaced by the cocktail/wine-swigging singleton. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 1 May 2020 Joe arrives James Bond-style clad in a new tux, swigging champagne. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2020 There are patches, pills and little bottles of elixirs to swig. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


circa 1623, in the meaning defined above


circa 1650, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of swig was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Swig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swig. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a quantity drunk at one time


2 of 2 verb
swigged; swigging
: to drink in long gulps

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