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.
swine (plural swine or swines)
- (plural swine) A pig (the animal).
- (derogatory) 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.
swine (plural swines)
- A pig, hog or swine.
- c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.), 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.
- The meat of swine or pigs; pork.
- (colloquial) A disgraceful individual.