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  1. a person who tends swine.
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Origin of swineherd

before 1100; Middle English; late Old English swȳnhyrde. See swine, herd2
Related formsswine·herd·ship, noun
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Historical Examples of swineherd

  • But how they all stared when they saw the swineherd's ugly daughter!

    The Crimson Fairy Book


  • The swineherd shall lead me disguised as an old beggar to my palace.

  • They thought that he was out at the farm with his swineherd.

  • At sundown the swineherd left the palace to return to his hut.

  • If the swineherd fails to do his work the master turns him off and finds another.

British Dictionary definitions for swineherd


  1. archaic a person who looks after pigs
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Word Origin and History for swineherd


c.1100, swynhyrde; see swine + herd.

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