\ 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

Other Words from swig


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 on the other hand, just like Andrew’s uncanny knack for igniting the grimmest gathering with little more than irrepressible cheeriness and a discreet swig or 10 of vodka, perhaps its unfashionable good humor is just what’s needed. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Early on, the bar was open (and serving all night) with Hagar often grabbing one of many bottles, taking a swig and pouring the rest into the many cups thrust at him from those lucky enough to be in the first few rows. John Benson, cleveland, 17 June 2022 Kyle Larson took a swig of the winner’s wine, tilted his head back and spit it in the air. Jenna Fryer, Orlando Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Refresh yourself with a taste of cool beer or a swig of ice-cold water; both taste that much better after a long day out in the sun. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 3 June 2022 There are a number of ways to salute the fun of catching big fish on hoppers, but our favorite is a swig from a stainless-steel flask ($30). Nick Kelley, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 The filter is easy to twist onto his everyday water bottle, so McConaughy could refill his water supply in a stream, attach the filter and cap, take a swig, and keep running. Julie Brown, Outside Online, 9 Aug. 2018 Perry playfully shook off the fumble, taking a swig of her drink while the audience chanted her name in support. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Not long into her set over at the Palomino Stage, Tanya Tucker showed off her tequila line Cosa Salvaje, taking a swig straight from the bottle and giving out a couple of shots to the crowd. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2022 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, 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 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, 29 Nov. 2019 Feeling nauseous might just be your unsettled stomach telling you to swig more H20. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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Kids Definition of swig

: the amount drunk at one time : gulp

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