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

  • transitive v. To drink greedily or grossly: "Unshaven horsemen swill the great wines of the Chateaux” ( W.H. Auden).
  • transitive v. To flood with water, as for washing.
  • transitive v. To feed (animals) with swill.
  • intransitive v. To drink or eat greedily or to excess.
  • n. A mixture of liquid and solid food, such as table scraps, fed to animals, especially pigs; slop.
  • n. Kitchen waste; garbage.
  • n. A deep draft of liquor.
  • n. Nonsense; rubbish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a mixture of solid and liquid food scraps fed to pigs etc; especially kitchen waste for this purpose
  • n. any disgusting or distasteful liquid
  • n. anything disgusting or worthless
  • n. a large quantity of liquid drunk at one swallow
  • n. A badly-thrown pass
  • n. Inexpensive beer
  • v. to eat or drink greedily or to excess
  • v. to wash something by flooding with water

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wash, or mixture of liquid substances, given to swine; hogwash; -- called also swillings.
  • n. Large draughts of liquor; drink taken in excessive quantities.
  • intransitive v. To drink greedily or swinishly; to drink to excess.
  • transitive v. To wash; to drench.
  • transitive v. To drink in great draughts; to swallow greedily.
  • transitive v. To inebriate; to fill with drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rinse; drench; wash; bathe.
  • To drink greedily or to excess.
  • To fill; swell with fullness.
  • To wash; rinse.
  • To drink greedily; drink to excess.
  • n. Drink; liquor, as drunk to excess: so called in contempt.
  • n. Liquid food for animals; specifically, the refuse or leavings of the kitchen, as given to swine.
  • n. A keeler to wash in, standing on three feet.
  • n. A wicker basket of a round or globular form, with open top, in which red herrings and other fish and goods are carried to market for sale.
  • n. Specifically A basket of 100 herrings.
  • n. A shade.
  • n. Liquid in general; especially a liquid that leaks, gushes, or swills in.

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

  • v. feed pigs
  • v. drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
  • n. wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk


Middle English swilen, to wash out, from Old English swilian; see swel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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