noun, plural swine.
- swindle sheet,
- swine erysipelas,
- swine fever,
- swine flu,
- swine influenza,
- swine plague
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
Word Origin 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."
see cast pearls before swine.