swine

[ swahyn ]
/ swaɪn /

noun, plural swine.

any stout, cloven-hoofed artiodactyl of the Old World family Suidae, having a thick hide sparsely covered with coarse hair, a disklike snout, and an often short, tasseled tail: now of worldwide distribution and hunted or raised for its meat and other products.Compare hog, pig1, wild boar.
the domestic hog, Sus scrofa.
a coarse, gross, or brutishly sensual person.
a contemptible person.

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Origin of swine

before 900; Middle English; Old English swīn; cognate with German Schwein hog, Latin suīnus (adj.) porcine; akin to sow2

Related forms

swine·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for swine

swine

/ (swaɪn) /

noun

plural swines a coarse or contemptible person
plural swine another name for a pig

Derived Forms

swinelike, adjectiveswinish, adjectiveswinishly, adverbswinishness, noun

Word Origin for swine

Old English swīn; related to Old Norse svīn, Gothic swein, Latin suīnus relating to swine
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Idioms and Phrases with swine

swine


see cast pearls before swine.

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