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swizzle 1

Pronunciation: /ˈswizəl/

noun

A mixed alcoholic drink, especially a frothy one of rum or gin and bitters.
Example sentences
  • The concierge thrust a rum swizzle at me as the calypso band struck up a bright number.
  • They are giddy with jetlag and an unspecified number of rum swizzles (an evening ritual) from the Yankee Clipper.

verb

[with object]
Stir (a drink) with a swizzle stick.
Example sentences
  • Pour on the vodka, the raspberry liqueur, then the juice, then the soda. Swizzle it all with a swizzle stick and you're good to go.

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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  • swindler from late 18th century:

    This is from German Schwindler ‘extravagant maker of schemes, swindler’: this comes from German schwindeln meaning both ‘be giddy’ and ‘tell lies’. The early 20th-century word swizzle is probably an alteration of swindle.

Words that rhyme with swizzle

chisel, drizzle, fizzle, frizzle, grizzle, mizzle, sizzle, twizzle

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Syllabification: swiz·zle

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swizzle 2

Pronunciation: /ˈswɪz(ə)l/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

British informal
Another term for swizz.
Example sentences
  • To me this seemed a bit of a swizzle.

Origin

Early 20th century: probably an alteration of swindle.

More
  • swindler from late 18th century:

    This is from German Schwindler ‘extravagant maker of schemes, swindler’: this comes from German schwindeln meaning both ‘be giddy’ and ‘tell lies’. The early 20th-century word swizzle is probably an alteration of swindle.

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Line breaks: swiz¦zle

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