swiz·​zle | \ˈswi-zəl \

Definition of swizzle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an iced cocktail stirred with a swizzle stick


swizzled; swizzling\ ˈswi-​zə-​liŋ , ˈswiz-​liŋ \

Definition of swizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drink especially to excess : guzzle

transitive verb

: to mix or stir with or as if with a swizzle stick

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Other Words from swizzle


swizzler \ ˈswi-​zə-​lər , ˈswiz-​lər \ noun

Examples of swizzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bailey’s Ice Cream This iconic creamery located near the airport has many flavors, but nothing looks better on Instagram against the store’s teal walls than a scoop of rum swizzle or dark and stormy ice cream. Lyndsey Matthews, ELLE Decor, "Bermuda is the Ultimate Destination for Those Obsessed with the Color Pink," 12 June 2018 Fill with crushed ice, swizzle with bar spoon for five seconds. azcentral, "6 mint (and other) julep recipes for the Kentucky Derby," 4 May 2018 The name, however, is derived from the way the cocktail is stirred– with a traditional Caribbean swizzle stick. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene," 17 Aug. 2017 Swizzles are the ideal summer drink — packed with ice, booze and a splash of Angostura bitters (concentrated alcohol infused with herbs, spices and other ingredients). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida cocktails to sip on this summer," 13 July 2017 Drinks, of course, are also themed, like the Festivus swizzle, with gin and sherry, or Gene’s Pick, made with Cocchi Rosa, Gran Classico and gin. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend," 31 May 2017 There’s also a section called Summer Feet, a selection of frothy cold drinks similar to Bermuda’s rum swizzle. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "A first look at Sandlot, the new outdoor restaurant — and more — from Spike Gjerde's group," 26 May 2017 At five years old, Nitehawk is the granddaddy of swizzle-stick cinema in the city. Mary Jo Murphy, New York Times, "At the Movies in New York City, Cocktail in Hand," 5 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Loads of mixology classes have popped up around town recently to teach home bartenders how to properly stir, shake and swizzle. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Stir, shake, swizzle like the pros to create cocktails at home. There's a class for that," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of swizzle


1813, in the meaning defined above


1820, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for swizzle


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