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swill

verb \ ˈswil \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of swill

swilled; swilling; swills
1 : wash, drench
2 : to drink great drafts of : guzzle
  • swill beer
3 : to feed (an animal, such as a pig) with swill
1 : to drink or eat freely, greedily, or to excess
2 : swash

swiller

noun

Examples of swill in a Sentence

  1. She watched the water swill around in the bucket.

  2. He swilled the water around in the pot.

  3. He swilled the floor with buckets of water.

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Origin and Etymology of swill

Middle English swilen, from Old English swillan


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swill

noun

Definition of swill

1 : something suggestive of slop or garbage : refuse
2 a : a semiliquid food for animals (such as swine) composed of edible refuse mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
b : garbage

Examples of swill in a Sentence

  1. took his daily swill of the foul-tasting medicine

  2. I don't know what's in this swill, but I know that I'm not eating it.

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First Known Use of swill

1553

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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swill Synonyms

Related Words

dram, drop;

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SWILL Defined for English Language Learners

swill

Definition of swill for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of swill for English Language Learners

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

  • : food or drink that is very bad or unappealing


SWILL Defined for Kids

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swill

verb \ ˈswil \

Definition of swill for Students

swilled; swilling
: to eat or drink greedily

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swill

noun

Definition of swill for Students

1 : 1slop 2
2 : garbage 1, refuse


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