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
Examples of swine in a Sentence
you really are a swine—you have no sense of decency at all!
Recent Examples of swine from the Web
Evening Read During Obama’s presidency, the world has seen outbreaks of swine flu, MERS, Ebola, and Zika.
Well, yes, but so were nuclear weapons, Donald Trump’s presidential victory and swine flu.
But the floods in Anhui appeared likely to overwhelm these factory-farm swine.
We are threatened by avian flu, swine flu, SARS, MERS, and Ebola, to name just a few.
This fierce, strange Cockentrice — neither swine nor fowl — is the most beguiling creature skulking around Atlanta today.
Much of it is downright unorthodox — shellfish, swine and other treif ingredients are a big part of Josh’s repertoire — but nearly all of it works.
The zombie virus doesn't affect any member of the swine family. •
But what sort of capitalist swine wouldn’t give his eyeteeth for one?
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Origin and Etymology of swine
Middle English, from Old English swīn; akin to Old High German swīn swine, Latin sus — more at sow
First Known Use: before 12th century
SWINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of swine for English Language Learners
: a very bad person
SWINE Defined for Kids
Definition of swine for Students
: a wild or domestic pig
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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