schwag

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Possibly related to shag(shredded tobacco). The "marijuana" sense is attested since the 1980s in the United States, the adjective since the 1990s. The "trinkets or items given away" sense is a variant of swag from 19th century thieves' cant.

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schwag ‎(uncountable)

  1. (slang) Low-grade or commercial-grade marijuana.
    • 2002, Joe Babcock, The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers, Closet Case Books, ISBN 0972048405, page 157:
      The stuff tasted good, better than the usual shwag. I handed him his pipe back, then pulled out my wallet. "Is twenty good?"
  2. (slang) Alternative form of swag(trinkets or promotional items given away at an event).
    • 2004, Blaise Cronin, Jeremiad Jottings, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810849518, page 91:
      National pride deserves something more than a fistful of freebies from a governmental schwag bag or the wearing of any one of the staggering array of commercially available pins.

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Adjective[edit]

schwag ‎(not comparable)

  1. (US, slang) inferior; low-grade

References[edit]

  • Jonathon Green (2016), “schwag”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang[1]