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swig

Syllabification: swig
Pronunciation: /swiɡ
 
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informal

Definition of swig in English:

verb (swigs, swigging, swigged /swiɡd/)

[with object]
Drink in large gulps: Dave swigged the wine in five gulps [no object]: old men swigged from bottles of plum brandy
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

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A large draft of drink: he took a swig of tea
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

swigger

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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