• (British, America) IPA: /swɪɡ/

swig (swigs, present participle swigging; past and past participle swigged)

  1. To drink (usually by gulping or in a greedy or unrefined manner); to quaff.
    Synonyms: chug, gulp, guzzle, quaff
    That sailor can swig whisky with the best of 'em.
  2. (obsolete) To suck.
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  3. (nautical) 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.
    Synonyms: sweating
Synonyms Translations
  • French: lamper
  • Portuguese: dar uma golada
  • Russian: загла́тывать

swig (plural swigs)

  1. (obsolete) Drink, liquor. [1540s–?]
  2. (by extension) A long draught from a drink. [from 1620s]
    Synonyms: draught, sip, swill
    • 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “Israel Hands”, in Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134 ↗, part V (My Sea Adventure), pages 219–220 ↗:
      He looked up, however, at my coming, knocked the neck off the bottle like a man who had done the same thing often, and took a good swig, with his favourite toast of "Here's luck!"
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 12: The Cyclops]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      And he took the last swig out of the pint.
  3. (obsolete) A person who drinks deeply.
  4. (nautical) A tackle with ropes which are not parallel.
  5. Warm beer flavoured with spices, lemon, etc.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: lampée
  • German: Schluck, Zug
  • Russian: глото́к
  • Spanish: lingotazo (colloquial)

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