\ˈswīn \
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


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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There’s government pork and then there’s just swine. Angela Helm, The Root, "Trump Creates 'Denaturalization' Task Force to Pursue Deportation Against Thousands of U.S. Citizens," 5 July 2018 People at high risk for serious complications from the flu should avoid pigs and should not enter swine barns. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana resident catches rare form of flu following exposure to pigs at a county fair," 1 July 2018 Also check out the Baja taco, left, or steak and swine taco. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 Jurors awarded the 10 neighbors who sued the 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 in compensation, plus $50 million in damages designed to punish Smithfield. Fox News, "Hog farm's neighbors awarded $50M after suing over smells, spraying," 3 June 2018 For Jason Luster, chief executive officer of QC Supply LLC, a farm equipment distributor to the swine and poultry industry, the housing shortage isn’t just a recruitment concern. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Rural America Has Jobs. Now It Just Needs Housing," 30 May 2018 The first case in the series ended last month with jurors awarding the 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 in compensation, plus $50 million in damages designed to punish Smithfield. Washington Post, "Cases against pork giant continue after big penalty slashed," 27 May 2018 Which means that, as the flu virus continues to mutate, Fido may be just as dangerous a vector for flu as birds or swine. Alex Kingsbury, BostonGlobe.com, "Big Data: 15 percent of dogs in Guangxi, China," 8 June 2018 The Russian journalist who worked with Ukrainian authorities to fake his own death says he was smeared with swine blood and taken to the morgue as part of his elaborately staged murder. Fox News, "Ukraine: Reporter's fake murder involved swine blood, morgue," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of swine

: a very bad person


\ˈswīn \
plural swine

Kids Definition of swine

: a wild or domestic pig


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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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