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Pronunciation: /swʌɪn

Definition of swine in English:


1 (plural same) chiefly formal or North American A pig.
Example sentences
  • His team did DNA studies that gave more evidence for the idea that prehumans acquired these tapeworms before cattle and swine were domesticated.
  • Because of changes in the pork industry, which have occurred over the years, the prevalence of infection in swine and humans has declined dramatically in the U. S.
  • The virus explosively increased among domesticated swine.
2 (plural same or swines) informal A contemptible or unpleasant person: what an arrogant, unfeeling swine!
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  • These arrogant swine actually think it is their RIGHT to decide what the public will be allowed to know!
  • Well, they can all give me money, but no one does, the tight swine.
  • All the same, it does feel very nice when one comes across a great artist who is not an utter swine politically.
2.1A thing that is very difficult or unpleasant to deal with: mist is a swine in unfamiliar country
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  • Its string of bitsy and complicated mosaics makes it a swine to maintain rhythmic cohesion.
  • You are no doubt aware that grass is a swine to get out of cloth.
  • The initial ascent is deceptively steep: to be completely honest, it is a swine to climb.


Old English swīn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwijn and German Schwein, also to sow2.



Example sentences
  • This is the language of the tavern, sir, low and swinish.
  • Standing in the way of elementary fairness was the propertied class, and its terror of what he called the swinish multitude.
  • Unlike his dull, swinish, and conventional brother, Claudius comes across as a cosmopolitan, knight-like figure.


Example sentences
  • Meal done, the peasant is very soon snoring swinishly in his bed.
  • A lot of people today live swinishly, gratifying their own desires, and then they wonder why they're so miserable.
  • You do not want to become wealthy in order to live swinishly, for the gratification of animal desires; that is not life.


Example sentences
  • He merely acknowledged, with his trademark fusion of cynicism and swinishness, what most people already know.
  • The implication always being that swinishness is intrinsic to the artistic personality, and indeed that the greater the artistic genius, the greater the swinishness.
  • This is what you run into: this swinishness - it's only opinion.

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