swine

noun
\ ˈswīn How to pronounce swine (audio) \
plural swine

Definition of swine

1 : any of various stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous artiodactyl mammals (family Suidae) with a thick bristly skin and a long flexible snout especially : a domesticated one descended from the wild boar
2 : a contemptible person

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Synonyms for swine

Synonyms

bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, toad, varmint, vermin

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Examples of swine in a Sentence

you really are a swine—you have no sense of decency at all!

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The clergy and royal courts in days of yore used images of griffins, hellmouths, harpies, dragons and sea swine to instill fear, to divide anxious populations, to assert dominance and control, and to ostracize non-Europeans. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 The contagious disease primarily affects cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, swine and occasionally sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 32 Colorado counties," 31 Aug. 2019 But safety and hygiene standards have been tough to enforce across the millions of small backyard farms where most of China’s swine are raised. New York Times, "China’s Pork Prices Soar, Adding to Beijing’s Troubles," 10 Sep. 2019 Thursday’s breeding competition included goats, sheep, swine and cattle. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Livestock competition draws kids to the ring at the Alaska State Fair," 30 Aug. 2019 Six months later there are 62 outbreaks around the country forcing the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to order the cull of 4 million swine, according to FAO. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bacon Prices Could Soar Due to the ‘Pig Ebola’ That’s Devastating the Pork Industry," 22 Aug. 2019 In perhaps the most startling development, and one that may strike loyal fans as a bit of a betrayal, the pigs are no longer the birds’ swine — er, sworn enemies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 Go to the farm exhibit building to see dairy and beef cattle being shown at noon today; swine, sheep and goats will be shown at noon Saturday. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019: Fun from A to Z," 15 Aug. 2019 In perhaps the most startling development, and one that may strike loyal fans as a bit of a betrayal, the pigs are no longer the birds’ swine — er, sworn enemies. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of swine

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swine

Middle English, from Old English swīn; akin to Old High German swīn swine, Latin sus — more at sow

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The first known use of swine was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for swine

swine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swine

informal : a very bad person

swine

noun
\ ˈswīn How to pronounce swine (audio) \
plural swine

Kids Definition of swine

: a wild or domestic pig

swine

noun
\ ˈswīn How to pronounce swine (audio) \

Medical Definition of swine

: any of various stout-bodied short-legged mammals (family Suidae) with a thick bristly skin and a long mobile snout especially : a domesticated member of a species (Sus scrofa) that occurs wild in the Old World

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