\ 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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Examples of swine in a Sentence

you really are a swine—you have no sense of decency at all!
Recent Examples on the Web Patrick Vincenti, president of the Harford County Council, purchased a market swine from Jeffrey Widman for $1,920. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Harford youths get record-breaking support at livestock sale with nearly $339,000 raised from buyers," 4 Aug. 2020 Lisa would no more murder a marigold for display than a millennial would slaughter swine for supper. 1843, "Do you know a good... plant stylist?," 2 July 2020 Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers advised swift action to control the virus in pigs and monitor swine industry workers for signs of illness. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "A New Swine Flu Strain Has Been Identified in China—Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic About It," 30 June 2020 Hog prices have fallen for nearly two months, a decline that accelerated in recent sessions after a government report confirmed that U.S. swine production has bounced back from Covid-19 faster than anticipated. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, "Hog Futures Sink as Supply Overhang Lingers," 30 June 2020 Feral swine are a particularly destructive and growing problem. Rene Ebersole, National Geographic, "National parks are being overrun by invasive species," 24 June 2020 Measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus amplified those swine shortages and accelerated attempts to boost the population of domestic herds. Alexander Sazonov, Bloomberg.com, "A Booming Airline Business: Shipping Pigs to China in 747 Jumbo Jets," 11 June 2020 Do not locate poultry and swine facilities near wildlife areas to minimize the risk of viral spillover and train small-scale producers to shield their animals from wildlife. Jerry Martin, STAT, "The growing global appetite for meat increases the risk of future ‘spillover’ pandemics. We can do something about it," 21 May 2020 This change has led to the emergence of several zoonotic diseases, from Ebola to avian and swine influenzas and several coronaviruses. Stacey Mckenna, Scientific American, "Human Viruses Can Jump into Animals, Too—Sowing the Seeds of Future Epidemics," 20 May 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

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“Swine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swine

informal : a very bad person


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

Kids Definition of swine

: a wild or domestic pig


\ 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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