Origin of swig; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
tr. & intr.v.swigged, swig·ging, swigs
Origin of swigOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present swigs, present participle swigging, simple past and past participle swigged)
- To drink (usually by gulping or in a greedy or unrefined manner); to quaff.
- That sailor can swig whisky with the best of 'em.
- (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 (also: sweating)
(plural swigs), (Appalachian)