swill

verb
\ ˈswil How to pronounce swill (audio) \
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

Other Words from swill

Verb

swiller noun

Synonyms for swill

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 Benny joins a troupe of Neil Gaiman-esque outcasts who swill vodka, shoot heroin and revere the words of the philosopher Walter Benjamin. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s like nothing happened; no animals were starved or tormented or left to survive on maggots and snails and swill. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 The gap has filled up with useless, vacuous swill of the sort that Tom Barrack dispensed in 2016 and 2017. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 On the first floor, swill drinks at a 26-seat cocktail bar or a 12-seat raw bar; upstairs, find a dining room with an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Trinity Church, plus another bar and fireplaces. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 Up until a few years ago, brandy was categorized into two camps: bottom-shelf swill and baller-preferred Cognacs. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Brady isn’t training on crap food and chemical sugar swill. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2021 But most feature amps blasting music to throngs of thousands who dance, kiss and swill booze in a crush of celebration. NBC News, 25 Sep. 2020 But most feature amps blasting music to throngs of thousands who dance, kiss and swill booze in a crush of celebration. Marcelo De Sousa, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2020 But most feature amps blasting music to throngs of thousands who dance, kiss and swill booze in a crush of celebration. NBC News, 25 Sep. 2020

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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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“Swill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swill. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: 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 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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