\ 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

Robles selected a bottle of Jack Daniels, and Atkins took a swig. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Trader Joe’s suspect in 2018 shootout will stand trial for murder of store manager," 3 Sep. 2019 Armstead takes a big swig from a gallon jug of water, his face framed by a patchy goatee and gauge earrings. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rashad Armstead fills a bag of French fries at his restaurant, Grammie's Down-Home Chicken, in Oakland.," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s when Mayfield took a swig of a beer in his hand before his buddy tossed him another brew. Tom Withers, SFChronicle.com, "Beer chaser: Baker Mayfield endorses sports drink after brew chug," 8 Aug. 2019 Roll Lager, by Sunriver Brewing This Japanese dry lager was crisp and spicy, carrying flavors that mimicked eating sushi with a swig of lager – yum. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "I tried 17 beers at the Oregon Brewers Festival; here’s how they rate," 25 July 2019 Getty Images/iStockphoto Remember those old commercials where a guy had to take a swig from two unlabeled drinks and guess whether his favorite one was Pepsi or Coke? Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Can you taste the difference between plant-based meat and beef? Burger King Sweden is betting no.," 23 July 2019 Rapinoe struck her now-famous victory pose, took a swig of Champagne and handed the bottle to a fan. Ali Swenson, baltimoresun.com, "‘I just want to be like them’: Fans celebrate World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team at NYC parade," 10 July 2019 Rapinoe struck her now-famous victory pose, took a swig of Champagne and handed the bottle to a fan. Ali Swenson, Twin Cities, "Fans celebrate World Cup champs, rally for equal pay," 10 July 2019 Rapinoe struck her now-famous victory pose, took a swig of Champagne and handed the bottle to a fan. Time, "Megan Rapinoe Swigs Champagne With Fans During Triumphant Women's World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The jury also concluded that Pell in late 1996 had orally raped the same choirboy and indecently dealt with the boy and his friend in a rear room of the cathedral after catching them swigging altar wine. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019 And, while there is no shortage of breweries or bars across Chicagoland, there’s every reason to swig and sample brews from near and far while soaking in summer. Jessica Cantarelli, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrate summer at these Chicago beer events," 10 July 2019 Directed by Tori Tolentino, with movement direction by Dallas Tolentino, the show boasts a smidgen of pleasant kinetic physicality: a rollicking celebration by rum-swigging sailors, for instance. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Jane Hawkins takes center stage in Synetic’s reimagined ‘Treasure Island’," 24 July 2019 Kid Rock has golfed shirtless in overalls, swigged beers on the links with John Daly, and gone red-white-and-blue for a round with the president. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock talks golf, Trump and his hole-in-one as he hits Detroit Golf Club for PGA week," 25 June 2019 Footage shows Drizzy enjoying the afterglow of the win, draping himself in the Canadian flag, swigging champagne from the bottle and generally having a winning time. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Drake Parties, Announces Two New Songs as Toronto Raptors Win NBA Title: Watch," 14 June 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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