swill

verb
\ˈswil \
swilled; swilling; swills

Definition of swill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : wash, drench

2 : to drink great drafts of : guzzle swill beer

3 : to feed (an animal, such as a pig) with swill

intransitive verb

1 : to drink or eat freely, greedily, or to excess

2 : swash

swill

noun

Definition of swill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something suggestive of slop or garbage : refuse

2a : a semiliquid food for animals (such as swine) composed of edible refuse mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk

b : garbage

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Other Words from swill

Verb

swiller noun

Examples of swill in a Sentence

Verb

She watched the water swill around in the bucket. He swilled the water around in the pot. He swilled the floor with buckets of water.

Noun

took his daily swill of the foul-tasting medicine I don't know what's in this swill, but I know that I'm not eating it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dok Kaew House Bar Finding a Bangkok bar suitable for your beer-swilling grandmother just got easier. Seth Sherwood, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Bangkok," 11 Apr. 2018 Rod Crawford has heard plenty of firsthand accounts of spider-swilling slumberers. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: People Swallow 8 Spiders a Year While They Sleep," 15 Apr. 2014 Few traditions are more intimately associated with baseball than beer-swilling. Isaac Stanley-becker, chicagotribune.com, "Inventor who made ballpark beer flow freely dies after being trapped in cooler at Braves stadium," 28 June 2018 Sweeten with restraint: Byrd, who grew up in iced-tea-swilling Georgia, said Southern sweet tea originated when tea was very expensive. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea," 12 June 2018 Charlotte’s sipping Champagne, while Carrie’s swilling double vodkas on the rocks. refinery29.com, "The Birth, Death & Inevitable Comeback Of The Cosmo, SATC's Greatest Icon," 6 June 2018 The libation of the week: Miller Lite, sadly enough, swilled as Jared, Reagan, Tamica and Susan stood on the sidewalk and waited to be picked up for the trip to St. Francisville. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Southern Charm New Orleans' goes ghost hunting at the Myrtles," 14 May 2018 At his own place, Mnuchin isn’t swilling that pruno. Mark Lisanti, Vanities, "The Trump Family Power Rankings: Be Best, but Not Too Best," 11 May 2018 When the sun is blazing, beers are swilled on golf courses, boats and patios across the country. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "After chilly spring, beer industry hopes Memorial Day weekend will kick-start sales," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here’s another for a young father with three school-age kids and a passion for road racing; he was taken out by a sunburned drunk driver with half a 32-pack of domestic swill in her system. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 In the mid-1880s, urban babies died at an alarming rate, many after drinking so-called swill milk from cows fed with leftovers from breweries and tethered in filthy barns. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Got 'Milk!'? Mark Kurlansky's latest food history goes down smoothly," 25 May 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018 The challenge lies in making something better than rotten-berry swill, a feat that generally requires a hands-on approach. Kyle Stock, latimes.com, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of swill

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swill

Verb

Middle English swilen, from Old English swillan

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Dictionary Entries near swill

swig

swiggle

swile

swill

swillbowl

swill milk

swim

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More Definitions for swill

swill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to drink (something) quickly in large amounts

of a liquid : to move around in a container

: to cause (a liquid) to move around in a container

swill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swill (Entry 2 of 2)

: food for animals (such as pigs) made from scraps of food and water

: food or drink that is very bad or unappealing

swill

verb
\ˈswil \
swilled; swilling

Kids Definition of swill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to eat or drink greedily

swill

noun

Kids Definition of swill (Entry 2 of 2)

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