Definition of swizz in English:


(also swiz)


  • usually in singular A thing that is disappointing or represents a mild swindle.

    ‘what a swizz!’
    • ‘The motoring lobby had been protesting, like so many schoolboys banned from baking their conkers, that concealed speed cameras were a rotten swizz.’
    • ‘He may have made his name by insisting on good value for consumers, but his latest TV schtick is fast emerging as a bit of a swizz.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is a swizz, or perhaps it saves diehard fans paying a tenner for three second-rate filler tracks.’
    • ‘Two early romances with car-loving men, who spent improbable amounts of money maintaining convertibles that always broke their hearts in the end, convinced me that car-ownership was an economic swizz.’
    • ‘So, thanks to this rule, getting your car serviced at an independent dealership could mean invalidating your warranty. What a swizz!’
    defraud, cheat, trick, fleece, dupe, deceive, exploit, squeeze, milk, bleed
    fraud, trick, deception, deceit, trickery, chicanery, exploitation, cheat, imposture, sham, sharp practice, artifice
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Early 20th century: abbreviation of swizzle.