\ 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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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: Noun During the Timberwolves’ ensuing timeout, Curry took a big swig of water and spit it out toward the Warriors’ bench. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Lineup change helps spark Warriors to convincing win over Timberwolves," 25 Jan. 2021 In 2016, a Country Living reader named Brittany Graves from Fort Worth, Texas, blessed us all with the Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game, which consists of taking a swig from your Christmas cocktail anytime anything remotely Hallmark-y happens. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "This Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game Will Be the Hit of Your Holiday Party," 8 Dec. 2020 Martin, who has a good long swig of Smirnoff before class, becomes a popular, engaging teacher who gets his students clapping and laughing along. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Wonder Drug Cures All Problems," 3 Dec. 2020 Taking a swig of red wine before eating Brussels sprouts appears to moderate Brussels sprouts' polarizing flavor. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "Do Wine over Those Brussels Sprouts," 21 Nov. 2018 Gaga takes a swig from the can, then crushes it and hurls it to the ground. Los Angeles Times, "Lady Gaga’s ‘rural voter’ video sparks fan love — and unflattering imitations," 2 Nov. 2020 With Stevie Nicks singing the 1977 hit, which has been revived thanks to social media, Crowe then went to take a swig of his drink. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football fan drinks 'U-M tears' in new version of TikTok viral video," 1 Nov. 2020 The clip that started it all features the skateboarder cruising down a road, taking a swig of cranberry juice straight from the bottle and lip-syncing along to the 1977 hit. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here's a Timeline of the Viral 'Dreams' TikTok, From Cranberry Juice Gifts to Stevie Nicks' Recreation," 14 Oct. 2020 Drought is creeping back onto the maps and Minnesota could use a good swig of rainwater right about now. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "One of the Best Weeks of 2020 for MN? Tropical Storm Delta Develops," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet residents of Chicago—and many other cities—still mostly swig from taps fed by lead pipes. The Economist, "With the lead piping Millions of Americans still get their drinking water from lead pipes," 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, "How nonprofits are catering to millennials and rethinking the charity gala for younger generations," 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, "How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Hating Your Life," 28 Feb. 2018 The spinster was replaced by the cocktail/wine-swigging singleton. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "How Being Single Has Been Rebranded," 1 May 2020 Joe arrives James Bond-style clad in a new tux, swigging champagne. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to remember on the 30th anniversary of 'Joe Versus the Volcano'," 10 Mar. 2020 There are patches, pills and little bottles of elixirs to swig. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "5 worldly ways to beat a hangover, from pickled herring to Scotland’s famous soda," 30 Dec. 2019 Witness Marianne, crouched in the lee of a rock beside the ocean, roughing out a secret sketch of her subject, like a drinker swigging in shame. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Fanciful Flamboyance of “The Aeronauts”," 29 Nov. 2019 Feeling nauseous might just be your unsettled stomach telling you to swig more H20. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, "6 Surprising Reasons Why You're Feeling Nauseous," 24 Dec. 2019

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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


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11 Feb 2021

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“Swig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swig. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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