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.

Nearby words

  1. swindle,
  2. swindle sheet,
  3. swindled,
  4. swindler,
  5. swindon,
  6. swine erysipelas,
  7. swine fever,
  8. swine flu,
  9. swine influenza,
  10. swine plague

Origin of swine

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

Related formsswine·like, adjective

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


see cast pearls before swine.

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