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swain

Syllabification: swain
Pronunciation: /swān
 
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Definition of swain in English:

noun

archaic
1A country youth.
1.1 literary A young lover or suitor.
Example sentences
  • ‘You sound like a lovesick swain,’ she told him, and walked to the window.
  • Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the mysterious hand.
  • Old and blind, Juliette gave her a lock of Chateaubriand's hair when her eighty-year-old swain died.

Origin

late Old English (denoting a young man attendant on a knight), from Old Norse sveinn 'lad'.

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  • cox from (mid 19th century):

    The cox or coxswain (Middle English) is the person who steers a racing boat or similar craft. The cox part is from the old word cock (Late Middle English) ‘small boat’, which is not related to the bird but to Latin caudex or codex ‘block of wood’. The second half of the word, swain (Old English), now means ‘a country youth or peasant’ but was originally ‘a young man attending a knight’ and ‘a male servant or attendant’. It is also the second half of boatswain (Late Middle English) (often abbreviated to bo'sun), a ship's officer in charge of equipment and the crew.

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