\ 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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Many species of truffles attract a range of animals, but the ones that humans like to eat evolved to attract swine. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Truffle Underground’ Review: Malice and Mushrooms," 10 July 2019 Culling swine is one of the main ways officials hope to curb the disease. The Economist, "African swine fever spreads to South-East Asia," 20 June 2019 Our farm is surrounded by 11 swine factory farms in a three-mile radius. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: A cougar is no surprise in factory farm country," 14 June 2019 With this method, each piece of input data used to train the algorithm is tagged with a category, in this case whether the virus sequence was derived from swine or humans. Quanta Magazine, "Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak," 29 Aug. 2013 For the final work, Kern created portraits of the top male and female open-class exhibition winners in the goat, swine, poultry, sheep, llama, rabbit, beef cattle, draft horse and stock dog categories. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "2019 State Fair commemorative art is a composite of ‘Supreme Champions’," 6 June 2019 The law’s scope expanded over the next several decades to apply to livestock dealers, live poultry dealers, swine contractors and other related businesses. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 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

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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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