English edit

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/
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  • 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.

Usage notes edit

In its literal sense, swine is often used, like cattle, as an uncountable plurale tantum: 200 head of swine.

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Noun edit


  1. (archaic) plural of sow

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  1. Alternative form of swyn