\ 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


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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Global meat prices are poised to rise after China culled tens of millions of hogs to contain a fast-spreading swine disease, the chief executive of Tyson Foods Inc. said. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Tyson Says Hog Disease Impact to Linger for Years," 6 May 2019 While the government is pushing for softer measures such as sterilization for the pigs and education for humans who feed them, others say the solution is a full-scale cull of the swine. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones," 6 Feb. 2019 Several of the pigs exhibited at the fair tested positive for influenza on July 27 and the Center for Disease Control confirmed the virus found in the children is similar to that circulating amongst the swine. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Michigan county fair attendees test positive for rare strain of swine flu," 13 Aug. 2018 They are barred from using certain language during debates including git, guttersnipe, swine and stool pigeon. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Rule Book from 1844 Becomes a Must-Read in Brexit Debate," 3 Jan. 2019 Anyone who is at high risk of serious flu complications and is planning to attend a fair should avoid pigs and swine barns. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Michigan county fair attendees test positive for rare strain of swine flu," 13 Aug. 2018 Feng Yonghui, chief analyst at Chinese swine industry research group Soozhu, said China will have to import more pork if African swine fever can’t be eradicated entirely. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Pork Producers Are Hog Wild About the U.S.-China Trade Truce," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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a strong desire or propensity

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