\ 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



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


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gurnah seems to swill the word in his mouth before spitting it out. Nadifa Mohamed, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That year was an oasis in the larger two decades of swill, too. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 In modern times, retsina has gotten a bad rap as cheap swill with overpowering notes of turpentine and paint thinner. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2022 One of them is the nightly swill served up on Fox News. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Quickly forget any bottle outside of this narrow range—anything cheaper is non-potable swill; anything more expensive, and the wine is too nice ever to drink. Nate Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Orlando City swill feature a mix of veteran and new players with Mauricio Pereyra leading as captain, a role he was officially given earlier this week. Mike Gramajo, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2022 We were forced to use 40 yuan to buy fast-food which was just like swill. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 One of the mocktails is called a Cape Canaveral Caprese and forces you to stir your cocktail with a Caprese salad and then eat the tomato, basil, and ball of cheese while sipping on some wheatgrass swill. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 1 Dec. 2021 Before Morra’s marketing savvy, which put truffles on the radar of every chef and gourmand globally, the truffle was most recently seen as swill by many farmers, says executive chef Paolo Lavezzini of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Tyler Zielinski, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of swill


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


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swill


Middle English swilen, from Old English swillan

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

Kids Definition of swill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to eat or drink greedily



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