- 1[transitive] swill something (out/down) (especially British English) to clean something by pouring large amounts of water in, on or through it synonym rinse She swilled the glasses with clean water.
- 2[transitive] swill something (down) (informal) to drink something quickly and/or in large quantities
- 3[transitive, intransitive] to move, or to make a liquid move, in a particular direction or around a particular place swill something + adv./prep. He swilled the juice around in his glass. Fire crews swilled away a large fuel spillage. + adv./prep. Water swilled around in the bottom of the boat. Word Origin Old English swillan, swilian (verb), of unknown origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th cent.
BrE BrE//swɪl//; NAmE NAmE//swɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swill
BrE BrE//swɪl//; NAmE NAmE//swɪl//he / she / it swills
BrE BrE//swɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//swɪlz//past simple swilled
BrE BrE//swɪld//; NAmE NAmE//swɪld//past participle swilled
BrE BrE//swɪld//; NAmE NAmE//swɪld//-ing form swilling
BrE BrE//ˈswɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɪlɪŋ//