swine

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English swyn, 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]

Noun[edit]

swine

  1. Alternative form of swyn