Meaning of SWILL in English


I. ˈswil verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English swilen, from Old English swillan, swilian to wash out, rinse, gargle; perhaps akin to Old English swelgan to swallow — more at swallow

transitive verb

1. : wash , drench , rinse

swilled my hands in the enamel bowl on the washhouse table — E.L.Thomas

especially : to wash by flushing with water

the amount of water used for swilling cowsheds and pigsties should not be more than is necessary — C.B.Palmer

a pint of bitter would swill the dryness of the barley off his lips — G.A.Wagner

2. : to supply abundantly or fill with (as an intoxicant)

swilling themselves with ale — George Eliot


a. : to drink great drafts of : guzzle

were swilling down gin … and talking with loud jocosity — Bruce Marshall

b. : to devour greedily

dogs who swill their food from the ground — Norman Kelman

4. : to pour (a liquid) freely

swill out drinks

5. : to cause (liquid) to swish in a container — used with about or around

swills a little hot water around in the pot before steeping the tea


[ swill (II) ]

: to feed (as a pig) with swill

intransitive verb

1. : to drink or eat freely, greedily, or to excess ; especially : to drink liquor in large drafts or to excess

as bad as the rest of them — swilling in taverns … in planting time — Clements Ripley

2. : to flow in a free, forcible, or turbulent manner : swash

a wave swilled along the steps — Haldane Macfall

II. noun

( -s )



(1) : a semiliquid food for animals (as swine) composed of the animal or vegetable refuse of kitchens, markets, or stores, mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk : slop , wash

(2) : a hog ration made of distillery slop

b. : food refuse : garbage

2. : something suggestive of slop or garbage : something evoking disgust : hogwash , refuse

dismissed the whole literary production of his rival as swill

treated them shabbily like swill

3. : an act or instance of swilling: as

a. : a draft of liquor

b. : the swash of a liquid

heard the swill of the flood waters

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sqwill, swill

: a large shallow basket roughly made (as of unpeeled willow) and used especially in England for fish (as to transfer them from boat to shore or to measure them)

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