\ 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 But here’s a look at the size of that burden––you may want to take two deep breaths and a swig of scotch before reading on. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "New York City’s lockdown is costing $173 million per day. Is it still worth it?," 6 June 2020 Sukey took a swig from her can, extended one of her long legs, pointed the toes, turned the foot this way and that. New York Times, "‘A Children’s Bible,’ by Lydia Millet: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020 Others, seemingly resigned to their fate, took a swig of beer and leaned back in their chair. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Pubs Are Closed, but Brits Keep Quizzing," 13 Apr. 2020 Jimmy uncaps his water bottle and takes a long swig of his own urine. Kat Rosenfield, EW.com, "Better Call Saul recap: Lawyer-ence of Arabia," 7 Apr. 2020 Mathew David was there representing the Katy Business Association and had a different approach to the chili cook-off: handing out crackers and swigs of milk for those with a little too much heat on their tongues. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Chili cook-off supports Katy ISD FFA programs," 7 Feb. 2020 She’s been known to share swigs of tequila with (of-age) crowd members at live shows, from the stage. John Adamian, courant.com, "Lizzo and Sweetie headline Hot 93.7’s Jingle Jam," 6 Dec. 2019 On a frigid January night, three Coast Guard seamen too young to drink at a bar walked along the beach in Dutch Harbor, sharing swigs from a bottle of Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Three young Coast Guardsmen went out for a drink on a chilly morning in Dutch Harbor. One never returned.," 22 Nov. 2019 The man knows how to exit a car, walk down the street, swig from a bottle of beer, punch a guy out and roar off in a retro ride. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "A breakdown of Brad Pitt's return to full hotness in 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Clusters of French and Spanish teenagers wander over canal bridges, swigging wine bought from convenience stores, while Australian backpackers in coffee shops sample the legal weed. Ciara Nugent/amsterdam, Time, "Amsterdam's Red Light District Is in Crisis. Can the City's First Female Mayor Remake It for the 21st Century?," 30 Oct. 2019 Plenty of people on the sidewalks swigged alcohol, smoked drugs and huddled under ratty blankets and sleeping bags. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Toughest job in SF? Tenderloin garbagemen work late at night to clean filthiest streets," 7 Dec. 2019 Jenner and Richie were also caught on camera swigging tequila from the bottle, and washing it down with a Red Bull chaser. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Leather Dress with a Thigh-High Leg Slit for Halloween Weekend," 27 Oct. 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


origin unknown

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“Swig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swig. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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)


\ ˈswig How to pronounce swig (audio) \

Kids Definition of swig

: the amount drunk at one time : gulp

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