swill «swihl», noun, verb.
1. a) kitchen refuse, especially when partly liquid; garbage; slops; hogwash. Swill is sometimes fed to pigs. b) any one of various other foods for animals resembling this in consistency, such as a mixture of water and used distillery mash, sometimes with added grain or dried waste from slaughterhouses.
2. very unappetizing food.
3. a deep drink; swig.
4. the act of eating or drinking greedily; gluttonous ingestion.
[< verb]
1. to drink (down) greedily or too much; guzzle: »

a number of well-dressed people…devouring sliced beef and swilling port (Tobias Smollett). She had seen them swilling down champagne with a couple of unknown Americans (Atlantic).

2. to fill with drink: »

to swill my belly with wine (Robert Louis Stevenson).

3. to wash or rinse out by flooding with water.
1. to drink greedily; drink too much; tipple: »

Ye eat, and swill, and sleep, and gourmandise (Richard Brinsley Sheridan).

2. to move or dash about, as liquid shaken in a vessel does; flow freely or forcibly.
3. to let water wash over soil, gravel, or the like, especially as a way of panning gold: »

There was a certain glamour about the old gold-rush boys, swilling hopefully away with their little tin pannikins (Punch).

[Old English swilian, swillan to wash]
swill´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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