1 [swag]
a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon.
a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit.
a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center.
a swale.
a swaying or lurching movement.
verb (used without object), swagged, swagging.
to move heavily or unsteadily from side to side or up and down; sway.
to hang loosely and heavily; sink down.
verb (used with object), swagged, swagging.
to cause to sway, sink, or sag.
to hang or adorn with swags.

1520–30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svaga, svagga to sway, rock

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2 [swag]
plunder; booty.
money; valuables.
Australian. a traveler's bundle containing personal belongings, cooking utensils, food, or the like.
verb (used without object), swagged, swagging.
Australian. to travel about carrying one's bundle of personal belongings.

1860–65; special uses of swag1

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swag (swæɡ)
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.  dialect (Midland English) a depression filled with water, resulting from mining subsidence
6.  informal (Austral), (NZ) (formerly) a swagman's pack containing personal belongings
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ) go on the swag to become a tramp
8.  informal (Austral), (NZ) swags of lots of
vb , swags, swagging, swagged
9.  chiefly (Brit) to lurch or sag or cause to lurch or sag
10.  (tr) to adorn or arrange with swags
11.  informal (Austral) (intr) to tramp about carrying a pack of personal belongings
[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian svagga to sway]

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Part of Speech:  n
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Main Entry:  swag
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See schwag
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Word Origin & History

"to move heavily or unsteadily," 1530, probably from O.N. sveggja "to swing, sway," cognate with O.E. swingan "to swing" (see swing). The noun sense of "ornamental festoon" is first found 1794. Earlier senses of "bulky bag" (c.1300) and "big, blustering fellow" (1588) may
represent separate borrowings from the Scand. source.
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Slang Dictionary

scientific wild ass guess definition

and SWAG
  1. phr. & comp. abb.
    a simple guess. (Often objectionable.) : I don't know at all. That was a SWAG. I always use the SWAG system.
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SWAG definition

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

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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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Example sentences
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
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