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

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Other Words from swill

Verb

swiller noun

Synonyms for swill

Synonyms: Verb

gorge, gormandize, overeat, pig out

Synonyms: Noun

belt, draft, drag, drink, gulp, nip, quaff, shot, sip, slug, snort, sup, swallow, swig

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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

China is the world’s largest beer market by consumption, where a hearty 45.7 billion liters of suds were swilled last year. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "AB InBev Is Reviving the Hong Kong IPO of Its Asia Business, 2 Months After Scrapping Its First Try," 12 Sep. 2019 Rasmussen may be a swaggering, beer-swilling veteran, but she and Duvall—a Christian family woman and workaholic who’s about a decade younger than her ad hoc partner—aren’t cookie-cutter badass lady cops. Time, "Netflix's Wrenching Rape Docudrama Unbelievable Is the Anti-Law & Order—And That's a Good Thing," 3 Sep. 2019 Locals and visitors hung off the bows, swilling mimosas. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony," 8 July 2019 The new Soviet elite continued to wolf haute cuisine with the same élan as their vodka-swilling Czarist predecessors. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 Do your wedding dress daydreams include a champagne-swilling afternoon trying on the finest in bridal couture? Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 Tessa Thompson is a great addition as the booze-swilling Valkyrie, and Cate Blanchett has fun slumming as the goddess of death. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best," 6 July 2018 For those born post-2000, a lot of the data that banks use for identity checks — first pet, first teacher, name of elementary school — is already out there, swilling around cyberspace. Ann Morgan, Good Housekeeping, "I'm Not Going to Be an Oversharer Mom," 30 June 2017 And what of the bankers who swilled Petrus from the bottle and lit Cuban cigars with hundred-dollar bills burned down to the Benjamins? Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013

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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swillbowl

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swill

verb

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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