Swag vs Matilda - What's the difference?

swag | matilda |

As nouns the difference between swag and matilda

is that swag is scientific/speculative/sophisticated/stupid wild-ass or swag can be while matilda is (australia) a bundle of possessions, often tied up in a sack; a swag.



Etymology 1

Probably from (etyl)


  • (intransitive, and, transitive) To sway; to cause to sway.
  • To droop; to sag.
  • * Palsgrave
  • I swag' as a fat person's belly ' swaggeth as he goeth.
  • To decorate (something) with loops of draped fabric.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=January 29, author=Cathy Horyn, title=In Paris, a Nod to Old Masters, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Dior wouldn’t be Dior without the swagged ball gown


    (en noun)
  • A loop of draped fabric.
  • * 2005 , , Bloomsbury Publishing, page 438:
  • He looked in bewilderment at number 24, the final house with its regalia of stucco swags and bows.
  • A low point or depression in land; especially , a place where water collects.
  • * 1902', D. G. Simmons, "The Influence of Contaminated Water in the Development of Diseases", ''The American Practitioner and News'', ' 34 : 182.
  • Whenever the muddy water would accumulate in the swag' the water from the well in question would become muddy After the water in the ' swag had all disappeared through the sink-hole the well water would again become clear.

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    Etymology 2



  • (slang) Style; fashionable appearance or manner.
  • * 2009 , Mark Anthony Archer, Exile , page 119
  • Now this dude got swag , and he was pushing up on me but, it wasn't like we was kicking it or anything!”

    Etymology 3

    From British thieves? slang.


    (en noun)
  • (countable) The booty of a burglar or thief; a boodle.
  • * 1838 , :
  • “It?s all arranged about bringing off the swag , is it?” asked the Jew. Sikes nodded.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=‘I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,’ the Chief was saying. ‘ […] They tell me there was a recognized swag market down here.’}}
  • * 1971 November 22, Frank E. Emerson, “They Can Get It For You BETTER Than Wholesale”, New York Magazine , page 38
  • He was on his way to call on other dealers to check out their swag and to see if he could trade away some of his leftover odds and ends.
  • (uncountable) Handouts, freebies, or giveaways, such as those handed out at conventions.
  • * 2011 , Mark Henry, Battle of the Network Zombies
  • “Make sure to take some swag on your way out!” I called.
    He stooped a bit in mid-trot and snatched a small gold bag out of the basket at the door. The contents were mostly shit, a few drink tickets to the Well of Souls, VIP status at Convent, that sort of thing.
  • (countable, Australia, dated) The possessions of a bushman or itinerant worker, tied up in a blanket and carried over the shoulder, sometimes attached to a stick.
  • (countable, Australia, by extension) A small single-person tent, usually foldable in to an integral backpack.
  • (countable, Australia, New Zealand) A large quantity (of something).
  • * 2010 August 31, " Hockey: Black Sticks lose World Cup opener]", [[w:The New Zealand Herald, The New Zealand Herald] :
  • New Zealand wasted a swag of chances to lose their opening women?s hockey World Cup match.
    Derived terms
    * swaggie * swagman


  • (Australia) To travel on foot carrying a swag (possessions tied in a blanket).
  • * 1880 , James Coutts Crawford, Recollections of Travel in New Zealand and Australia , page 259,
  • He told me that times had been bad at Invercargill, and that he had started for fresh pastures, had worked his passage up as mate in a small craft from the south, and, arriving in Port Underwood, had swagged his calico tent over the hill, and was now living in it, pitched in the manuka scrub.
  • * 1976 , Pembroke Arts Club, The Anglo-Welsh Review , page 158,
  • That such a man was swagging in the Victoria Bush at the age of fifty-one requires explanation.
  • * 2006 , , Issue 23, page 3,
  • The plot is straightforward. A swagman is settling down by a billabong after a hard day?s swagging .
  • * 2011 , Penelope Debelle, Red Silk: The Life of Elliott Johnston QC , page 21,
  • Over the Christmas of 1939, just three months after Britain and Australia had declared war on Germany, they went swagging together for a week and slept out under the stars in the Adelaide Hills, talking, walking and reading.
    Derived terms
    * swag it

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • ; a wild guess or ballpark estimate.
  • I can take a swag at the answer, but it may not be right.





    Alternative forms

    * Mathilda

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • .
  • * : III: iii: 13:
  • But wondrously begotten, and begonne / By false illusion of a guilefull Spright, / On a faire Ladie Nonne, that whilome hight / Matilda , daughter to Pubidius,
  • * 1844 George Payne Rainsford James, Rose D'Albret, Or, Troublous Times, a Romance , Harper [1844) page 20:
  • Countess of Laussitz - Matilda', too, by the mark! A good name, a marvellous good name, is not, Algernon? Musical, pretty, soft, smoothing, loveable. - - - many a fair prospect is spoiled by the mistake in the name. Call ' Matilda Joan, or Louisa Deborah, and you are ruined forever!
  • * 1990 , Friend of My Youth .Stories, ISBN 0679729577, page 187:
  • At one time Joan invented other names for her. 'Matilda'' brought to mind dingy curtains, gray tent flaps, a slack-skinned old woman. How about Sharon? Lilliane? Elizabeth? Then, Joan didn't know how, the name ' Matilda became transformed. It started shining like silver. The "il" in it was silver. But not metallic. In Joan's mind the name gleamed now like a fold of satin.


    (en noun)
  • (UK, army, historical) Either of two British infantry tanks in use during World War II, the Infantry Tank Mark I' or ' Infantry Tank Mark II .
  • Synonyms

    * (infantry tank) Matilda I, Matilda II ----