Meaning of swig in English:


verbswigs, swigging, swigged

[with object]
  • Drink in large gulps.

    ‘Dave swigged the wine in five gulps’
    no object ‘Ratagan swigged at his beer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dressed in regulation New York black, the opening crowd is much too busy swigging its wine and talking to its friends to listen or watch.’
    • ‘He rolled his eyes as he swallowed and swigged the dregs of his espresso.’
    • ‘Teenagers sit swigging beer at roadblocks, ready to kill anyone who doesn't have the right papers.’
    • ‘It's always best to drink bubbly from a glass rather than swigging it directly from the bottle.’
    • ‘Normally, she didn't drink rum straight, but popping the top, she swigged half the contents of the bottle in one go.’
    • ‘I travelled in reading a report for the first of two meetings today, swigging copious amounts of fizzy mineral water and nursing a large hangover.’
    • ‘The last we saw of him he was pictured swigging beer on a yacht in Marbella.’
    • ‘In this diary, the heroine is more likely to spend her days loading cartloads of hay and selling cattle rather than counting calories and swigging Chardonnay.’
    • ‘My brother Bruce and I were standing on the rear patio of my father's house, swigging beers as my dad was readying steaks for the grill.’
    • ‘When the friend arrives, he is handed the second Coke and starts swigging it with no clue where it had been.’
    • ‘We all went to swim before lunch, rather necessary after swigging Martinis.’
    • ‘I swear she swigged the stuff from a flask in her purse.’
    • ‘We swigged cheap champagne from a shared bottle and fought running snowball battles with the neighbourhood kids.’
    • ‘At the end of a hard day, a rescue worker picked up a near-empty gin bottle and swigged the remainder.’
    • ‘A chemist who swigged vodka at work was let off with a reprimand after she cleaned up her act.’
    • ‘Sylvia, who'd bought a bottle of wine, carried the dog under one arm while she swigged vino with her other.’
    • ‘He laughed, before swigging the contents down.’
    drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap


  • A large gulp of drink.

    ‘he took a swig of tea’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I laughed, watching them take a bite of their muffins and then drinking a swig of pop at almost the same time.’
    • ‘Marie pulled the cigarette out of her mouth and took a swig of her drink, until only half of it remained.’
    • ‘I pulled the bottle out from under the cushion and took a swig of the liquor in it.’
    • ‘Wesley coughed and swallowed a long swig of his ale while Pearl tried to explain her complicated situation.’
    • ‘She swallowed them with a swig of water, and asked if she could go to bed.’
    • ‘‘Humans are mindless,’ Mya grunted, drinking half of the bottle in three swigs.’
    • ‘They remain silent until their drinks arrive and they take a couple bracing swigs.’
    • ‘Taking a big swig from her emergency bottle of glucose drink, she kicked the door down, and entered the studio.’
    • ‘His partner took a long swig, either ignoring his friend or too drunk to care.’
    • ‘At 250 calories a swig, it was the perfect drink for ski troopers in off the mountains.’
    • ‘From the pocket of his khaki jacket, he picked a small liquor bottle and took a swig.’
    • ‘The sweetness gets too much after more than a couple of swigs, and after a while it starts to produce a build-up of gas which eventually squirts right up your nose.’
    • ‘I pulled a beer out of the brown bag I was carrying and took a few swigs to settle my nerves.’
    • ‘She regretted not taking a swig of orange juice with the banana, not remembering to drink that half glass of instant tea.’
    • ‘In other words, when the men get tired of the women spending long hours agonising over jewellery, they can just step next door for a swig.’
    • ‘He wipes the drool, takes a swig of beer and takes a quick run through the Internet to keep from falling asleep.’
    • ‘I lay on the rooftop eating a sandwich hungrily and washing it down with a swig of whiskey.’
    alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, liquor, intoxicant


Mid 16th century (as a noun in the obsolete sense ‘liquor’): of unknown origin.