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swill

[swil] /swɪl/
noun
1.
liquid or partly liquid food for animals, especially kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash.
2.
kitchen refuse in general; garbage.
3.
any liquid mess, waste, or refuse; slop.
4.
a deep draught of liquor.
5.
contemptibly worthless utterance or writing; drivel.
verb (used without object)
6.
to drink greedily or excessively.
verb (used with object)
7.
to drink (something) greedily or to excess; guzzle.
8.
to feed (animals) with swill:
to swill hogs.
9.
Chiefly British. to wash by rinsing or flooding with water.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English swilen (v.), Old English swilian, swillan
Related forms
swiller, noun
unswilled, adjective
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Examples from the web for swilling
  • We are not uncouth, beer-swilling nitwits on the whole.
  • It is swilling and reeling and hollering and getting disgustingly sick.
  • Several thousand armed extremists are swilling around the country.
British Dictionary definitions for swilling

swill

/swɪl/
verb
1.
to drink large quantities of (liquid, esp alcoholic drink); guzzle
2.
(mainly Brit) (transitive) often foll by out. to drench or rinse in large amounts of water
3.
(transitive) to feed swill to (pigs, etc)
noun
4.
wet feed, esp for pigs, consisting of kitchen waste, skimmed milk, etc
5.
garbage or refuse, esp from a kitchen
6.
a deep draught of drink, esp beer
7.
any liquid mess
8.
the act of swilling
Derived Forms
swiller, noun
Word Origin
Old English swilian to wash out
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Word Origin and History for swilling

swill

v.

Old English swilian, swillan "to wash, gargle," with no certain cognates, but probably from Proto-Germanic *sweljanan, related to the root of swallow (v.). Meaning "drink greedily" is from 1530s. Related: Swilled; swilling.

n.

"liquid kitchen refuse fed to pigs," 1550s, from swill (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for swilling

swill

noun

Nasty and inferior food or drink; belly-wash: What is this swill they've placed before us? (1570+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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