swain

[ sweyn ]
/ sweɪn /

noun

a male admirer or lover.
a country lad.
a country gallant.

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Origin of swain

before 1150; Middle English swein servant <Old Norse sveinn boy, servant; cognate with Old English swān

OTHER WORDS FROM swain

swainish, adjectiveswain·ish·ness, nounun·der·swain, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swain

swain
/ (sweɪn) /

noun archaic, or poetic

a male lover or admirer
a country youth

Derived forms of swain

swainish, adjective

Word Origin for swain

Old English swān swineherd; related to Old High German swein, Old Norse sveinn boy; see swine
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