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EtymologyEdit

Unknown etymology, 1813.[1] Original sense “alcoholic drink”, possibly a variant of switchel (a drink of molasses and water, often mixed with rum), attested 1790, itself of uncertain origin.[2] Possibly influenced by fizz.

In verb sense “to stir”, from swizzle stick (stick for stirring alcoholic drinks), itself attested 1859.

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NounEdit

swizzle (countable and uncountable, plural swizzles)

  1. Any of various kinds of alcoholic drink.
  2. Alternative form of switchel (drink based on water and vinegar)

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VerbEdit

swizzle (third-person singular simple present swizzles, present participle swizzling, simple past and past participle swizzled)

  1. To stir or mix.
    She swizzled the milk into her coffee.
  2. (computing) To permute bits.
  3. (computing, programming, transitive) To convert portable symbols or positions to memory-dependent pointers during deserialization.
  4. To drink; to swill.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ swizzle” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ swizzle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.