Word forms: swills
1. verb If you swill an alcoholic drink, you drink a lot of it. [V n] ⇒ A crowd of men were standing around swilling beer. 2. ergative verb & verb
If a liquid swills around, or if you swill it around, it moves around the area that it is contained in. [V around/about] ⇒ Gallons of sea water had rushed into the cabin and were now swilling about in the bilges. [V n around/about] ⇒ She swilled the whisky around in her glass.
3. verb To swill out something means to clean it by pouring water over it. [mainly British] [V n with out] ⇒ Having finished his coffee, he swilled out the mug and left it on the draining board.regional note: in AM, use rinse 4. uncountable noun
Swill is a liquid mixture containing waste food that is given to pigs to eat.
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