Unknown etymology, 1813. 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. Possibly influenced by fizz.
In verb sense “to stir”, from swizzle stick (“stick for stirring alcoholic drinks”), itself attested 1859.
- Rhymes: -ɪzəl
swizzle (plural swizzles)
- To stir or mix.
- She swizzled the milk into her coffee.
- (computing) To permute bits.
- (computing, programming, transitive) To convert portable symbols or positions to memory-dependent pointers during deserialization.
- To drink; to swill.
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- (convert symbols to pointers): unswizzle