Swag refers to valuable goods, often obtained illegally. Just because your friend has a bag of swag does not make him a pirate (although the patch and wooden leg might say otherwise).

Generally meaning “loot, booty, or plunder,” swag is the stuff in the bags of excited party-goers and plunderers alike. It can also be a bundle carried by a swagman, an Australian migrant worker or drifter. From the Old Norse (re: Viking) sveggja, meaning “to swing or sway,” the verb swag can mean “to sway unsteadily or stagger.” Your bag of swag may swag from its own weight, and you too may swag just trying to carry it.

Definitions of swag
  1. noun
    goods or money obtained illegally
    synonyms: booty, dirty money, loot, pillage, plunder, prize
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    type of:
    stolen property
    property that has been stolen
  2. noun
    valuable goods
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    type of:
    something of value
  3. noun
    something that is free (usually provided as part of a promotional scheme)
    synonyms: freebee, freebie
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    type of:
    something acquired without compensation
  4. noun
    a bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman
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    type of:
    bundle, sheaf
    a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
  5. verb
    droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
    synonyms: droop, flag, sag
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    slouch, slump
    assume a drooping posture or carriage
    hang loosely, like an empty bag
    type of:
    drop, drop down, sink
    fall or descend to a lower place or level
  6. verb
    walk as if unable to control one's movements
    synonyms: careen, keel, lurch, reel, stagger
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  7. verb
    sway heavily or unsteadily
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    type of:
    rock, shake, sway
    move back and forth or sideways
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