From swine + -ish.
- IPA(key): /ˈswaɪnɪʃ/
- Hyphenation: swin‧ish
swinish (comparative more swinish, superlative most swinish)
- Like a pig, resembling a swine; gluttonous, coarse, debased.
c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: Newly Imprinted and Enlarged to Almost as Much Againe as It Was, According to the True and Perfect Coppie (Second Quarto), London: Printed by I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] and are to be sold at his shoppe vnder Saint Dunstons Church in Fleetstreet, published 1604, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- […] They clip vs drunkards, and with Swiniſh phraſe / Soyle our addition, and indeede it takes / From our atchieuements, though perform’d at height / The pith and marrow of our attribute […]
- 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.27:
- Epicurus, though his ethic seemed to others swinish and lacking in moral exultation, was very much in earnest.