from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Marijuana of inferior quality.
  • noun A substance that looks like marijuana, such as tea or oregano, sold to an unsuspecting customer.

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  • noun slang Low-grade or commercial-grade marijuana.
  • noun slang Trinkets or promotional items given away at trade shows.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of swag (probably influenced by words of Yiddish origin such as schlock, schmuck, schnook, etc.)]


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  • Hippy slang - low quality weed, or just something that sucks in general.

    April 3, 2008

  • Schwaglady - a person who goes to corporate fairs to just collect the handouts. Typically carries a large bag to hold all the stuff.

    October 9, 2008

  • Shouldn't that be swaglady?

    October 13, 2008

  • free stuff, often with some sort of branding, frequently distributed at trade shows and other promotional events.

    July 10, 2009

  • They had great schwag at the hardware booth during the convention.

    August 13, 2009

  • anyone know the etymology of this word? I'd always thought the word was "swag," an acronym for Something We All Get.

    April 23, 2010

  • @ Ben Jackson: the word is indeed "swag", but someone (or probably a number of someones) somewhere picked up this alternate version and propagated it. (Perhaps to distance it from the "stolen" sense of "swag"?) I'm pretty sure the claim that it is an acronym of "stuff we all get" is a folk etymology.

    July 30, 2010