from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deep draft, especially of liquor; a gulp.
  • transitive v. To drink (liquid) or engage in drinking liquid in great gulps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drink (usually by gulping or in a greedy or unrefined manner); to quaff.
  • v. To take up the last bit of slack in rigging by taking a single turn around a cleat, then hauling on the line above and below the cleat while keeping tension on the line (also: sweating)
  • n. A drink; sip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long draught.
  • n. A tackle with ropes which are not parallel.
  • n. A beverage consisting of warm beer flavored with spices, lemon, etc.
  • transitive v. To drink in long draughts; to gulp.
  • transitive v. To suck.
  • transitive v. To castrate, as a ram, by binding the testicles tightly with a string, so that they mortify and slough off.
  • transitive v. To pull upon (a tackle) by throwing the weight of the body upon the fall between the block and a cleat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink by large draughts; drink off rapidly and greedily: as, to swig one's liquor.
  • To suck, or suck at, eagerly, as when liquid will not come readily.
  • To take a swig, or deep draught.
  • To leak out.
  • Same as swag or sway. Specifically
  • To pull a rope fast at both ends upon, by throwing the weight on the bight of it.
  • To castrate, as a ram, by binding the testicles tight with a string so that they slough off.
  • To pass through; slip along; swirl through.
  • n. A large or deep draught.
  • n. Ale and toasted bread.
  • n. A pull on a rope fast at both ends.
  • n. Nautical, a tackle the falls of which are not parallel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
  • v. strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat
  • n. a large and hurried swallow


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.


  • His two female companions, Zombie and Eeyore, swig from a bottle of pricey Tejava tea and pass a smoke while lying on a blanket surrounded by a fortress of backpacks, bedrolls and scrawled signs asking for money.

    San Franciscans Try to Take Back Their Streets

  • The old man took a swig from the flask and smiled.

    365 tomorrows » Patricia Stewart : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • Finally, he walked back to his desk, opened another drawer, and popping several of the tablets into his mouth, swallowed them with a swig from a silver flask.

    Dr. V’s New Patient « A Fly in Amber

  • Those questions always seem to crop up just as you are about to take a swig from a boiling cup of tea or squirting ketchup and other hazardous operations …


  • Their plan was to change into rough shoes after supper and walk on the shingle between the sea and the lagoon known as the fleet, and if they had not finished the wine, they would take that along, and swig from the bottle like gentlemen of the road. next »

    Excerpt: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

  • Sure, from time to time, I mention on here that I'm a recovering alcoholic, that five years and a few months ago I took a final swig from a bottle of warm Budweiser and haven't had another sip of alcohol since.

    June 2005

  • I scuttle over to where she is sitting and take a swig from the beer can she's been clutching.

    Poor Devil

  • “You two all right?” he asked, taking a swig from the canteen as he walked toward them.

    Fateful Journeys

  • He took another swig from the bottle and walked closer.

    More Dirty Dancing Chapter 27 – 28

  • In 1820 in the United States, our alcoholic consumption rates were about five times per person what they are today and back then everyone took a swig from the jug.

    Reforms for the New Millennium


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.