plural swine
: 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
: a contemptible person

Examples of swine in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Swine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural swine
: any of a family of stout-bodied short-legged hoofed mammals with a thick bristly skin and a long snout
especially : a domestic animal developed from the European wild boar and raised for meat
: a nasty person

Medical Definition


: 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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