\ ˈswig How to pronounce swig (audio) \

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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Other Words from swig


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

People kept handing him things: bottles of water to swig, jerseys to sign, microphones to clip to his lapel. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Luka Doncic Feels the Burn of the Spotlight — and the Thrill," 23 June 2018 Dykstra takes a swig of Irish coffee, settles into his booth and alludes to his time at the federal penitentiary in Victorville, California. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Most Toxic Bromance: The Implosion of Charlie Sheen and Lenny Dykstra," 7 Feb. 2018 When the hosts of PeopleTV’s Chatter mentioned the hot and heavy moment in their Monday episode, Cruz couldn’t help but palm her face and swig her whiskey cocktail. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "'OITNB' star Jackie Cruz recalls kissing Kourtney Kardashian," 31 July 2018 Jack’s grandfather, who is very much a drunk, grumbles into the waiting room and offers Jack’s dad a swig of his flask. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Finally Introduces Jack's Brother Nicky," 17 Oct. 2018 But Cooper was a huckster who took more than a swig of his own Kool-Aid. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Pale Horse Rider’ Review: A Huckster at the Mic," 19 Sep. 2018 And while part of that is the bitter swig of truth serum that the better team won, another part is that this was a breakthrough season and a harbinger of better days ahead for K-State under Weber. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Charmed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers snuff out K-State's memorable season | The Kansas City Star," 24 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the cast ate from wooden bowls and swigged from goblets (except for Tormund, who chugged his drink from a horn), the coffee cup was definitely out of place. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Rogue Coffee Cup in Game of Thrones Has Been Edited Out," 7 May 2019 There's a bunch of freakishly healthy moms at my daughter's school who show up in workout gear swigging vile green liquids at morning drop-off. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge: Clean, Green, Juicing Machine," 20 Apr. 2012 Newsletter Sign-up Fans of whichever team wins this game will assuredly swig their beers with a haughty sense of superiority. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The School That Really Owns Ohio State-Michigan," 22 Nov. 2018 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

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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

informal : 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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