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
Kathy passed around the can of Miller Lite and smiled as each person took a swig. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2024 So, before your next big event, take a swig of the all-natural and affordable Bae Juice. Ascend Agency, New York Daily News, 4 Mar. 2024
People got big mad when Luke Skywalker swigged bluish-green milk in The Last Jedi. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 6 June 2024 Omar shrugged and swigged from the jug, letting water run down his chin and onto his neck, down his flat stomach. Jared Lemus, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for swig 

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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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