Definition of swig in English:


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Pronunciation: /swɪg

verb (swigs, swigging, swigged)

[with object]
  • Drink in large draughts: Dave swigged the wine in five gulps [no object]: Ratagan swigged at his beer
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    • Band members had to photograph one another swigging the bright orange drink.
    • She had to be in control, even if it meant artificially reining in her wild emotions by swigging a few drinks.
    • We sit swigging the wine with which we are liberally provided, then we disperse.


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  • A large draught of drink: he took a swig of tea
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    • When Liz came back with a tray the old lady seized her cup and took a long swig of hot tea.
    • Leaning against the side of the wall, he took a swig of his drink.
    • Soon the guard took his water canteen out of his belt, took a swig, and dropped to the floor, never to wake again.



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  • I love spicy, steely, floral, upper-crust Mosel Rieslings that make terrific summer swiggers.
  • Aromatic off-dry whites make fine summer swiggers, equally good as aperitifs and spicy food wines.
  • This juicy discounted pair make excellent summer swiggers.


mid 16th century (as a noun in the obsolete sense 'liquor'): of unknown origin.

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