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v. swilled, swill·ing, swills
a. To drink greedily or grossly: "Unshaven horsemen swill the great wines of the Chateaux" (W.H. Auden).
b. To follow the ingestion of (food, for example) with the ingestion of a liquid: swilled down the pretzels with soda.
a. To flood with water, as for washing or rinsing: swilled out the glass.
b. To swirl (a liquid) around in a container or in one's mouth: swilled the wine in the glass before sniffing.
3. To feed (animals) with swill.
To drink greedily or to excess.
1. A mixture of liquid and solid food, such as table scraps, fed to animals, especially pigs; slop.
2. Liquor or other alcohol of poor quality: I won't drink this swill.
3. A swig or gulp of a drink.

[Middle English swilen, to wash out, from Old English swilian; see swel- in Indo-European roots.]

swill′er n.
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Noun1.swilling - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidlyswilling - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
drinking, imbibing, imbibition - the act of consuming liquids
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