swain

noun \ ˈswān \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of swain

1 : rustic, peasant; specifically : shepherd
2 : a male admirer or suitor

swainish

play \ˈswā-nish\ adjective

swainishness

noun

Examples of swain in a Sentence

  1. a fair maiden and her swain

  2. a romanticized portrait of a bygone era of beauteous Southern belles and their gallant swains

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Origin and Etymology of swain

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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Definition of swain for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is a woman's lover


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