\ 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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you really are a swine—you have no sense of decency at all!
Recent Examples on the Web Most pandemics in the 20th and 21st centuries have been caused by either influenza – such as the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine outbreak – or a coronavirus. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2020 Natasha and sister figure Yelena have sprung Alexei from prison and traveled to find the knowledgeable Melina, now on a remote farm with a swine named Alexei. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Copper, row crops and swine are still around their highest prices in years. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 27 June 2021 Pigs are susceptible to viruses from birds, humans and other swine. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 June 2021 Animal farming with pigs and birds has led to the pandemics of swine and bird influenzas. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Also approved at the Jasper meeting were WFF recommendations to close bobwhite quail and fox squirrel hunting on Bankhead National Forest and to establish a special nighttime season for feral swine and coyotes. Frank Sargeant, al, 19 May 2021 CJ Bio America, which manufactures amino acids for swine and poultry growers, received support to construct a new production building and acquire equipment. Mary Stroka, Washington Examiner, 19 Apr. 2021 Then, in 2012, a delta-coronavirus infected swine in Hong Kong. Anthony King, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021

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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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“Swine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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