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: rustic, peasant
: a male admirer or suitor
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beau, boy, boyfriend, fellow, man, old man
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English swein boy, servant, from Old Norse sveinn; akin to Old English swān swain, Latin suus one's own — more at suicide
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: a man who is a woman's lover
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