swine

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English swine, swin, from Old English swīn, from Proto-West Germanic *swīn, from Proto-Germanic *swīną, from an adjectival form of Proto-Indo-European *suH- (pig), equivalent to sow +‎ -en.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /swaɪn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪn

Noun[edit]

swine (plural swine or swines)

  1. (plural swine) A pig (the animal).
  2. (derogatory) A contemptible person (plural swines).
  3. (slang, derogatory) A police officer; a "pig".
  4. (slang, derogatory) Something difficult or awkward; a pain.
    That old car is a swine to manoeuvre.

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Noun[edit]

swine

  1. (archaic) plural of sow

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English swīn.

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Noun[edit]

swine (plural swines)

  1. A pig, hog or swine.
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Matheu 7:6, page 2r, column 2; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      Nile ȝe ȝyue hooli þing to houndis · neþer caſte ȝe ȝoure margaritis bifoꝛe ſwyn / leſt parauenture þei defoulen hem wiþ her feet / ⁊ and þe houndes be turned and ⁊ to tere ȝou
      You shouldn't give holy things to dogs or throw your pearls at pigs, in case they trample them with their feet while the dogs are turned and rip at you.
  2. The meat of swine or pigs; pork.
  3. (colloquial) A disgraceful individual.

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  • Scots: swine
  • English: swine

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