swill

verb
\ ˈswil How to pronounce swill (audio) \
swilled; swilling; swills

Definition of swill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from swill

Verb

swiller noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Soccer, at its rarefied heights, is awash with it: broadcasting deals and sponsorship agreements and corporate entertainment, all of it swilling through leagues and clubs, into the hands of players and executives and agents. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Soccer’s Coming Storm," 4 Apr. 2020 There’s even a full-page drawing of a cherubic Bacchus swilling wine from a bottle while peeing. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Build the wine cellar of your dreams — if only in your mind — with a book on Burgundy," 21 Feb. 2020 To Western brewers who've tied their ambitious growth strategies to the beer-swilling habits of the Chinese, the costs are beginning to come into focus. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "‘Significantly impacted’: World’s biggest brewers tally costs of coronavirus outbreak as beer sales suffer," 5 Feb. 2020 The 4th-century philosopher Hypatia, a stardust milkshake-swilling burnout who now goes by Patty (guest star Lisa Kudrow), warned them that their brains would eventually turn to mush, like hers. Washington Post, "What did ‘The Good Place’ teach us? That even eternal bliss needs a happy ending.," 31 Jan. 2020 No Time To Die disappointed some fans when it was announced that, despite rumors, for the 25th time, 007 would be played by a male actor (Daniel Craig, in his fifth go-round as the vodka-swilling MI6 agent). Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Billie Eilish Singing the New Bond Theme Feels Like a Turning Point," 14 Jan. 2020 The beer-swilling rapper’s looks have a uniquely boisterous yeehaw quality: think Nudie suits in every color of the rainbow, complete with floss-thin bolo ties. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Post Malone Cleans Up In His Most Polished Look Yet," 6 Dec. 2019 Banks, Djimon Hounsou and a martini-swilling Patrick Stewart are all Bosleys — lieutenants of the organization who assign and train their fearless charges. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Mission accomplished for Elizabeth Banks' 'Charlie's Angels' reboot," 14 Nov. 2019 Angels want humidity and are drawn to Pass Manchac To sit at tables at Middendorf’s, splintering claws with nut‐picks and swilling pitchers of Jax. T. R. Hummer, The New Yorker, "Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coffee has become more than just a drink, having moved from the instant swill our parents drank to high-end gourmet sips. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "Our favorite coffee makers for National Coffee Day, Sept. 29," 27 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of swill was before the 12th century

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“Swill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swill. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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swill

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of swill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : 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
informal : food or drink that is very bad or unappealing

swill

verb
\ ˈswil How to pronounce swill (audio) \
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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