From Middle English swine, swin, from Old English swīn, from Proto-Germanic *swīną, from an adjectival form of Proto-Indo-European *sū- (“pig”), equivalent to sow + -en. Related to West Frisian swyn, Low German Swien, Dutch zwijn, German Schwein, Danish svin, and more distantly to Polish świnia, Russian свинья́ (svinʹjá), Latin sūs, Ancient Greek ὗς (hûs), Persian خوک (xuk). See also sow.
swine (plural swine or swines)
- (plural swine) Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae.
- (pejorative) A contemptible person (plural swines).
- (slang, derogatory) A police officer; a "pig".
- (slang, derogatory) Something difficult or awkward; a pain.
- That old car is a swine to manoeuvre.