Definition of swag in English:



  • 1A curtain or piece of fabric fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve.

    • ‘A swag is a decorative accent to fabric created by hanging a fabric in a curved pattern between two points.’
    • ‘Before long, wreaths will adorn all your doors, and swags will hang from every wall.’
    • ‘Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen abandons the swags and tie-backs in his Cornish home, although the locals are always asking his opinion on theirs.’
    • ‘The swags of curtain material draped around the bed add to the mood, recalling colonialists' luxurious homes in the Caribbean islands.’
    • ‘Decoratively draped over the frame is a swag of gray fabric painted with an orange dot on a light blue square accented with red.’
    • ‘The classic toile fabric used for the window swags appealed to Lynn for its Country French feel.’
    • ‘Hence the bewildering array of prime-time programmes showing inept plumbers caught on CCTV or grown men making curtain swags out of potato sacks.’
    • ‘Some untitled works from 1999 consist of a series of swags of satin, attached to curtain rods and installed on a wall.’
    • ‘The plain grey silk wall panels and simple curtains, in fabrics by Pierre Frey, convey understated luxury without being stodgy - there are no fussy swags and tassels.’
    • ‘From its white colonnades to its elaborately pleated and ruched swags of ivory canvas overhead, Brio looks great.’
    • ‘In fact, to listen to her, you would think the flesh hung from her shoulders like swags from a curtain rail.’
    • ‘Top treatments can run the gamut from elaborate swags to a simple piece of fabric tossed casually across a wooden drapery pole.’
    • ‘I suffocate in a room with lots of swags and tassels.’
    • ‘The work features billowing swags of colorful cloth set against a silver and gold foil background splashed with red and brown oil paint, and thin copper tubing traversing the width of the entire field.’
    • ‘Drape some fabric over a wood pole to create an informal swag.’
    • ‘Curtains are becoming more simple and swags and tails, while the classic window dressing, now look a little incongruous and dated in a modern house.’
    1. 1.1 A decorative garland or chain of flowers, foliage, or fruit fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve.
      ‘swags of holly and mistletoe’
      • ‘Designers often gave these interiors a seasonal mood by adding evergreen wreaths, garlands, or swags.’
      • ‘Even on the street itself are votive shrines set into the wall, lovingly adorned with plastic flowers or swags of neon lights.’
      • ‘The Bunclody Horticultural Society will give a floral demonstration before Christmas featuring the festive season with decorating items for mantels, table arrangements, swags, wreaths and more.’
      • ‘There are decorative rods, swags and for the most genteel draperies, and hardware with a touch of whimsy.’
      • ‘People can learn how to create wonderful swags, welcome door wreaths and mantle garlands.’
      • ‘As well as swags and wreaths, they embraced the idea of Christmas trees with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘We imagined evergreen swags and bright poinsettias giving way to quieter displays of moss tucked in copper trays, a tranquil water garden, and other gentle reminders of spring.’
      • ‘The mansion was surrounded by wide green lawn, decorated with swags and garlands.’
      • ‘There's more to holly than the shapely, lustrous leaves and winter berries that enhance our winter bouquets, wreaths, and swags.’
      • ‘Nurseries are stocked with greenery - garlands, wreaths, and conifer swags - for adorning a door, gate, or wall over a fireplace.’
      • ‘This combines classical motifs in the putti arranged around the bier supporting swags, with a Gothic treatment of the recumbent effigy.’
      • ‘They are decorated with stylised masks on cartouches, from which there extend swags carrying fruit.’
      • ‘Acres of sumptuous white swags were effective as a backdrop, but most impressive of all was the thrilling singing by the lead roles.’
      • ‘For the featured fabric border and sheer curtains, the entire stencil is used for the border, the central motif for the panels and the edge motif for the swag.’
      • ‘To the front, a yew hedge is clipped into swags to mirror the ogee windows of the house, framing views of the Bringewood hills and Welsh Marches in the distance.’
      festoon, lei, wreath, chain, loop, ring, circle, swathe
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    2. 1.2 A carved or painted representation of a swag of flowers, foliage, or fruit.
      • ‘Decoration could be chased or applied, such as borders of silver or gold, or floral swags, laurel wreaths, and stylized scrolls in varicolored gold.’
      • ‘But despite the brocaded swags, ornamental carvings and original works of art here, you won't feel you have to tiptoe down the corridors and talk in whispers.’
      • ‘Specialists can date and place a frame by reading an elaborate code of swags, garlands, urns, egg-and-dart, and oval sunburst motifs.’
      • ‘The three flanking bays on each side feature long decorative panels of swags between the first and second floors, but it is not known if these were executed.’
      • ‘Boucher's pictures are festooned with swags of cupidons instead of the fruit and flowers of his decorative predecessors such as Jan Brueghel.’
      • ‘Boullee goes beyond portraiture in his desire for representation, even as he postulates an architecture that does without any of the conventional modes of representation, columns, friezes, swags and so on.’
      • ‘Decorative embellishments consist of two cobalt blue swags extending from a central round cobalt blue floral motif to the left and right handles.’
      • ‘The plaster frieze with cartouches and swags of fruit and the luminous stained-glass panels over the windows give the room a baroque glamour.’
      • ‘Notable neoclassical features include the square plinth base, flame finial, and engraved swags of flowers draped from rosettes.’
      • ‘It is in typical ‘Kentian’ style, with the cornice supported on scrolled brackets flanking a frieze with swags and a central mask, the jambs being carved as female terms with classical drapery.’
      • ‘Using the basted line as a centering and positioning aid, hoop one panel with cut-away stabilizer underneath and embroider the swag on the left half of the panel.’
      • ‘The boardroom is highly traditional: it is panelled in a late 17 th-century fashion, with pedimented doorways and some rather fine carved swags.’
      • ‘Symmetry, geometric forms, and decorative motifs such as swags, urns, and lyres were combined in the architecture of the period.’
      • ‘The small entrance hall has a delicate ceiling decorated with simple swags, and contains the principal staircase.’
      • ‘A stone frieze of swags, bows and fruits carries the wrought iron dome.’
      • ‘Adam created many variations on the basic design of a central handle flanked by pendant swags and scrolling foliage.’
      • ‘Position and stitch a swag and holiday motif over the seam as shown.’
      • ‘By 1671 he was working in London and is best known for his naturalistic woodcarvings of swags of fruit and flowers, small animals, and cherubs' heads.’
      • ‘The squeegee method creates looping swags of paint which resemble fabric folds, or even, at times, X-ray images of rib cages.’
      • ‘These neoclassical boxes are characterized by the division of the decoration into compartments, with a central medallion bordered by garlands of varicolored gold or enamels, swags, or raised beads.’
  • 2informal mass noun Money or goods taken by a thief or burglar.

    ‘garden machinery is the most popular swag’
    loot, plunder, pillage, haul, prize, trophy
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    1. 2.1 Products given away free, typically for promotional purposes.
      ‘check out the fun bag of swag we gave our guests!’
      • ‘Beth was a popular host of the Mobius conference, where grassroots fans sites get to carry away bagfuls of swag, worth up to $1,500 per person in some cases.’
      • ‘Local studios and companies sponsor the holes and provide swag, spirits and food.’
      • ‘The beautiful people then relocated to a private Gift Lounge inside where they "shopped" for free swag to make themselves even more beautiful.’
      • ‘Nothing gets a teacher's attention like free swag for her/his students.’
      • ‘For all the t-shirts and swag, I kept reminding myself it was all about the games.’
      • ‘Put that plastic truck (or other piece of marketing swag) down and back away.’
      • ‘I suppose the upshot of all this and my actual point, is that you should never think we've got a free ride, getting games and other swag for nothing.’
      • ‘While that sounds like a lot of parties and swag, in reality online company promotions encompass more than just T-shirts and coffee mugs and now include a growing number of online promotions, such as coupons, rebates, price discounts, sampling, free products, points programs and referrals, say experts.’
      • ‘Capcom hooked us up with some nifty Joe swag, including autographed posters, limited-edition laser cells, t-shirts, hats, and - of course - a copy of the game!’
      • ‘11:45 AM: Having made it through about half the dealer's room, my bag is already full to bursting with free swag.’
      • ‘It was a disappointing show in terms of swag.’
      • ‘In short, Traffic puts together teams of people who are fans of bands willing to help promote that band in return for 'swag' - gig tickets, merchandise and other desirable stuff.’
      • ‘However, that doesn't stop us from prowling tradeshow aisles, stuffing our bags full o' swag and filling our local disks with downloads.’
      • ‘The myth is that you have to be part of the "media elite" or a retailer to attend the show, attain copious amounts of swag, get a picture with a booth babe or two, etc.’
    2. 2.2US Cannabis, typically of a low grade.
      ‘prices range from $40 a 10-seed packet for some Jamaican swag to $345 per pack for something tastier’
      • ‘I recently quit smoking swag all together.’
      • ‘A first time smoker will get stupid high off of swag.’
      • ‘I smoke swag but I obviously prefer the stronger stuff.’
      • ‘My best friend's dad was actually my swag dealer for a while.’
      • ‘It's difficult to imagine him as anything but the Dean of Students, as some lowly history major puffing on swag.’
      • ‘To my surprise, the lead singer was the same guy who sold me some swag earlier.’
  • 3US informal mass noun A very confident attitude or manner.

    ‘not only does he have a great voice, but he's got swag’
    a lot, a great number, a large number, a great quantity, a large quantity, host, horde, mass, mountain, droves, swarm, army, legion, sea, abundance, profusion
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  • 4NZ Australian A traveller's or miner's bundle of personal belongings.

    • ‘It was a camping trip involving eskies and swags.’
    • ‘Tents and tarps and swags were scattered, and under the verandah of the homestead the Townsends gathered with many of their friends.’
    • ‘During the Depression when you were a young girl, a very young girl in fact, of course this was still a period when men with swags walked the country roads in search of a job, in search of a meal.’
    • ‘The only thing I could do was make for the revolver that was in my swag.’
    • ‘Elders climb stiffly out of the bus, while the young ones unload swags off the top.’
    1. 4.1informal A large number or amount.
      ‘Howard has promised me a swag of goodies’
      • ‘To put it bluntly, I get a swag of emails from league fans - including fans living in Brisbane - who think the Broncos are ‘up themselves!’’
      • ‘You bet it is, and I'm sure anyone who has ever left one of those co-op job fairs with enough swag to redecorate their living room will back me up on this.’
      • ‘AS NASA's two Martian rovers continue sending information home, dozens of scientists have crunched the numbers on the most comprehensive swag of data ever collected from another planet.’
      • ‘The native of Sydney, Australia, made his American debut in 1957 at Memorial Park, where Palmer carried off that year's Houston Open trophy and swag.’
      • ‘Nothing gets a teacher's attention like free swag for her/his students.’
      • ‘On Saturday, July 3rd, for the third straight year, publishers big and small banded together under the banner of free swag for everyone.’
      • ‘Diablo Free Ride Park in Vernon, New Jersey offered up another helping of large cash prizes and swag to downhill racers.’
      • ‘After a hugely successful tour for his new album Long Way Home Grafton's darling of country, Troy Cassar-Daley, has added a swag of extra dates to his tour list before heading home for a break.’
      • ‘This week at the World Swimming Championships being held in Montreal, Canada, the Australian team has won another swag of Gold, Silver and Bronze.’
      • ‘A poll in October - in three months time - would require a whole new swag of policies, and where's the money coming from for that?’
      • ‘Local studios and companies sponsor the holes and provide swag, spirits and food.’
      • ‘Today it offers you a swag of flash restaurants and good hotels.’
      • ‘Now, there are a lot of disgruntled and angry sugar farmers in a swag of marginal coalition seats.’
      • ‘Last year the band received a nomination for Best Live Act at the Australian Live Music Awards as well as doing a swag of gigs around the country including the Big Day Out.’
      • ‘Let's see directors put their money where their mouths are by issuing a swag of shares or options to themselves at prices at whatever range or value Bain comes up with.’
      • ‘He's come up with a swag of preliminary figures and tables on who votes informal - and why.’
      • ‘No apologies for the stroke of fortune, just as there was no real complaint in 1998 when Labor picked up more votes nationwide but was unable to crack a swag of narrowly-held marginal seats.’
      • ‘Michael Finch brought along a couple of wild pigs from Blenheim, Lank Grenole bought along a swag of Venison and others bought a great selection of tucker as well.’
      • ‘The beautiful people then relocated to a private Gift Lounge inside where they ‘shopped’ for free swag to make themselves even more beautiful.’
      • ‘The biggest danger when an incumbent president hits the money trail is that his quest for campaign swag will put him in close proximity with donors who want special favors from the government.’
      a lot, a great number, a large number, a great quantity, a large quantity, host, horde, mass, mountain, droves, swarm, army, legion, sea, abundance, profusion
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  • 1Arrange in or decorate with a swag or swags of fabric.

    ‘swag the fabric gracefully over the curtain tie-backs’
    ‘the swagged contours of nomads' tents’
    • ‘Wellstone's opponent is Norm Coleman, former mayor of St. Paul and enjoying all the endorsements and swag the RNC can throw in his direction.’
    • ‘Be sure you have enough fabric to swag gently across the bed and behind the headboard or mattress.’
    • ‘Silk and velvet fabrics were draped, swagged, or suspended from ceilings to achieve a graceful yet ordered effect.’
    • ‘Of course, if someone is connected well enough or important enough to swag some trendy ones, it's different.’
    • ‘Tiny flower prints or gingham for a casual country look, swagged silky fabric, bright or pastel tissue paper for more formal occasions.’
    • ‘They wear a mixture of swathed and swagged traditional togas and cast-off Oxfam rags.’
    • ‘The curtains at the end of the room are swagged and ornate.’
    • ‘Every year by December 6 - St. Nicholas' Day - the exterior of the historic Georgian-style home is swagged with laurel and windows are filled with candlelight.’
    • ‘The walls are ragged in pale terracotta tones, and white draperies are swagged artfully around the front windows.’
    • ‘The interior is a lot lighter than in traditional Spanish homes, and English touches such as tweedy armchairs and swagged curtains make it feel homey.’
  • 2NZ Australian no object Travel with one's personal belongings in a bundle.

    ‘we were swagging it in Queensland’
    ‘swagging my way up to the Northern Territory’
  • 3literary no object Hang heavily.

    ‘the crinkly old hide swags here and there’
    curve down, hang down, dip, droop, bulge, bag
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    1. 3.1 Sway from side to side.
      ‘the stout chief sat swagging from one side to the other of the carriage’


Middle English (in the sense ‘bulging bag’): probably of Scandinavian origin. The original sense of the verb (early 16th century) was ‘cause to sway or sag’.