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Definition of swill verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    swill

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] swill something (down) (informal) to drink something quickly and/or in large quantities
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin Old English swillan, swilian (verb), of unknown origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th cent.
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