swill Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “swill” in the English Dictionary

"swill" in British English

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uk   us   /swɪl/

swill verb (MOVE LIQUID)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​cause a ​liquid to ​flow around or over something, often in ​order to ​clean it: The ​dentisthanded me a ​glass of ​water to swill my ​mouth out with.

swill verb (DRINK)

[T] informal often disapproving to ​drink, ​especiallyalcohol, ​quickly and in ​largeamounts


uk   us   /swɪl/

swill noun (FOOD)

(UK also pigswill) [U] wastehumanfood that is ​fed to ​pigs [U] food that is very ​bad: I ​refuse to ​eat the swill that they ​serve in the ​canteen.

swill noun (LIQUID)

[S] UK the ​movement of ​liquid over or around something, often in ​order to ​clean it: Give the ​sink aquick swill to get it ​clean.
(Definition of swill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"swill" in American English

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swillverb [T]

 us   /swɪl/ infml

swill verb [T] (DRINK)

to ​drink something, usually ​alcohol, in ​largeamounts

swillnoun [U]

 us   /swɪl/

swill noun [U] (PIG FOOD)

wastefood used for ​feedingpigs, or fig.bad or ​unpleasantfood
(Definition of swill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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