noun, plural swine.
Origin of swine
Examples from the Web for swine
Gerald Ford and the swine flu pandemic that never happened in 1976 is a cautionary tale that government action can backfire.
Everyone in the mountains knew Hadji Murad, and how he slew the Russian swine.The Chechen Grievance: Tolstoy’s ‘Hadji Murad’ After Boston|Benjamin Lytal|April 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A few years ago, this Joe Biden warned people not to ride on aircraft or subways out of fear of contracting “swine flu.”Which Joe Biden Will Show Up for Thursday’s Debate?|Matt Latimer|October 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some of the people who were inside there said: “Here come the swine,” and swore and threw stones and things at them.‘Soldaten: Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs’ by Soenke Neitzel & Harald Welzer|Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She claimed that another group of fascists harassed her while she was driving her cab one night and called her a “Russian swine.”Mother of Los Angeles’ Alleged Arsonist Had a Wild Life|Christine Pelisek|January 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is towards a country distant yet ever near, and it lies much removed from the Far Country where swine feed.My War Experiences in Two Continents|Sarah Macnaughtan
We, poor prodigals, have been feeding long enough upon husks that the swine do eat, and crave a little nourishing food.
It is also the standard pasture for swine where it can be grown, and where alfalfa is not a staple crop.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
That's a lie, my lad, for I see he's been putten a swine ring on yer snout to keep ye frae rooting up the ground.A Son of Hagar|Sir Hall Caine
We had the gratification of adding to the health of Hartford for two summers by abating the swine nuisance.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
British Dictionary definitions for swine
Word Origin for swine
Word Origin and History for swine
Old English swin "pig, hog," from Proto-Germanic *swinan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian Middle Low German, Old High German swin, Middle Dutch swijn, Dutch zwijn, German Schwein), neuter adjective (with suffix *-ino-) from PIE *su- (see sow (n.)). The native word, largely ousted by pig. Applied to persons from late 14c. Phrase pearls before swine (mid-14c.) is from Matt. vii:6; an early English formation of it was:
Ne ge ne wurpen eowre meregrotu toforan eo wrum swynon. [c.1000]
The Latin word was confused in French with marguerite "daisy" (the "pearl" of the field), and in Dutch the expression became "roses before swine."
Idioms and Phrases with swine
see cast pearls before swine.