Main meanings of swizzle in English

: swizzle1swizzle2

swizzle1

Pronunciation /ˈswɪz(ə)l/

noun

  • A mixed alcoholic drink, especially a frothy one of rum or gin and bitters.

    ‘a rum swizzle’
    • ‘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.’
    deception, trick, cheat, hoax, subterfuge, stratagem, wile, ruse, artifice, swindle, racket

verb

[with object]
  • Stir (a drink) with a swizzle stick.

    ‘he would swizzle it into a froth and pour it out for us’
    • ‘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.’
    deceive, trick, dupe, outwit, fool, delude, cheat, take in, bluff, hoax, mislead, misguide, lead on, defraud, double-cross, swindle, gull, finagle, get the better of

Origin

Early 19th century of unknown origin.

Main meanings of swizzle in English

: swizzle1swizzle2

swizzle2

Pronunciation /ˈswɪz(ə)l/

noun

informal British
another term for swizz
  • ‘To me this seemed a bit of a swizzle.’

Origin

Early 20th century probably an alteration of swindle.