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[swag] /swæg/
noun
1.
a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon.
2.
a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit.
3.
a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center.
4.
a swale.
5.
a swaying or lurching movement.
verb (used without object), swagged, swagging.
6.
to move heavily or unsteadily from side to side or up and down; sway.
7.
to hang loosely and heavily; sink down.
verb (used with object), swagged, swagging.
8.
to cause to sway, sink, or sag.
9.
to hang or adorn with swags.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svaga, svagga to sway, rock

swag2

[swag] /swæg/
noun
1.
Slang.
  1. plunder; booty.
  2. money; valuables.
2.
Australian. a traveler's bundle containing personal belongings, cooking utensils, food, or the like.
verb (used without object), swagged, swagging.
3.
Australian. to travel about carrying one's bundle of personal belongings.
Origin
1860-65; special uses of swag1
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Examples from the web for swag
  • Of course, it is open to a thief who believes his swag might have been so marked to attempt such cleaning himself.
  • Other noteworthy submissions will get other small space swag.
  • After that, we'll randomly select two commenters to win the swag.
  • She puts a swag on the back door and wraps her house's columns in garland roping.
  • Or the thief could have a change of heart and return the swag.
  • The composition is also influenced by the marketing strategy of companies that pay for the right to place swag in the bags.
  • Call it a wedding proposal with ahead-of-its-time swag.
  • Suede heels came in a blend of colors, typically with a swag of satin at one side.
  • Against a backdrop of tall swag curtains, the band wore white, with.
  • So let me as a friend advise you to send the swag back.
British Dictionary definitions for swag

swag

/swæɡ/
noun
1.
(slang) property obtained by theft or other illicit means
2.
(slang) goods; valuables
3.
an ornamental festoon of fruit, flowers, or drapery or a representation of this
4.
a swaying movement; lurch
5.
(Midland English, dialect) a depression filled with water, resulting from mining subsidence
6.
(Austral & NZ, informal) (formerly) a swagman's pack containing personal belongings
7.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go on the swag, to become a tramp
8.
(Austral & NZ, informal) swags of, lots of
verb swags, swagging, swagged
9.
(mainly Brit) to lurch or sag or cause to lurch or sag
10.
(transitive) to adorn or arrange with swags
11.
(intransitive) (Austral, informal) to tramp about carrying a pack of personal belongings
Word Origin
C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian svagga to sway
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Contemporary definitions for swag
noun

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noun

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Word Origin and History for swag
v.

"to move heavily or unsteadily," 1520s, probably from Old Norse sveggja "to swing, sway," cognate with Old English swingan "to swing" (see swing). Related: Swagged; swagging.

n.

"ornamental festoon," 1794, from swag (v.). Colloquial sense of "promotional material" (from recording companies, etc.) was in use by 2001; swag was English criminal's slang for "quantity of stolen property, loot" from c.1839. Earlier senses of "bulky bag" (c.1300) and "big, blustering fellow" (1580s) may represent separate borrowings from the Scandinavian source. Swag lamp attested from 1966.

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Slang definitions & phrases for swag

swag

noun
  1. Stolen goods, money, etc; loot (1794+)
  2. Souvenirs, etc, sold at rock-and-roll concerts: Somehow, these trifling collectibles came to be known as swag (1990s+)

[probably fr the swag, ''sack,'' in which loot might be carried]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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swag in Technology

jargon
Scientific (or Silly) Wild Ass Guess. A term used by technical teams when establishing high level sizings for large projects.
(2000-08-09)

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Encyclopedia Article for swag

festoon

in architecture and decoration, carved ornamental motif consisting of stylized flowers, fruit, foliage, and cloth, tied together with ribbons that sag in the middle and are attached at both ends. The distinction is sometimes made between a swag and a festoon by limiting the former to festoons entirely made up of folds of cloth.

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