\ 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 Neither treatment nor vaccine has been found as of yet for the African swine fever, which kills 98 percent of swine infected. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 By law, swine that are trapped in Alabama must be killed on site. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 15 May 2022 Prohibited from killing the pigs, Page is leaning on other land managers to share in a coordinated, continuous effort to slow the spread of swine. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2022 This wood should be your go-to with any kind of swine. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Dec. 2021 As the men toiled with the huge swine, a small but growing group of visitors arrived, some of whom grew up going to hog slaughters in their own communities and some who were attending their first. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Jaume Bernis, a breeder with 1,200 swine on his farm in northeast Spain, fears the war will further increase the pain his business is facing because of climate change and drought. The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2022 In 2006, food safety officials pointed to feral swine as causing an E. coli outbreak in spinach from Salinas Valley. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to Arkansas to deal with feral swine. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Swine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for swine


\ 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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