Definition of swine in English:


Pronunciation /swīn/ /swaɪn/

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  • 1Farming
    archaic A pig.

    ‘a contagious viral disease of animals that primarily affects swine’
    • ‘she had a herd of swine’
    hog, boar, sow, porker, swine, piglet
  • 2informal, derogatory A contemptible or unpleasant person.

    • ‘what an arrogant, unfeeling swine!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're just saying you're a low swine who'd rather play word games than keep your word.’
    • ‘The few times I did get stuff to do which involved first-hand journalism, the swines I needed to talk to either didn't want to talk or weren't there at all.’
    • ‘Then the cheeky swines said that it should be in London.’
    • ‘It's disgusting what these swines did to her - she could have been killed.’
    • ‘This leaves me, two businessmen who have suddenly started to drink up, the swines, and her in this corner.’
    • ‘You'd have to be a real swine to have kept him a secret.’
    • ‘But he is living proof that you don't need to be a swine to get on,’ he said.’
    • ‘Between 11 pm last night and 8am this morning the heartless swine crept into our front garden and took it.’
    • ‘Yet the swine who broke into and ransacked her home had not a moment's concern for her age or her condition.’
    • ‘Just some advice from me because I like you, you swine.’
    • ‘We will take what you exploited from others, you capitalist swine!’
    • ‘Those words - her own excuse - should have reassured her, should have secured her faith that he was not an honourless swine, but they didn't.’
    • ‘Taking her brother's arm, she said a silent prayer that this pirate would not die at the hands of that swine.’
    • ‘You will pay for your offense, miserable swine!’
    • ‘I told you, I will not have you married to that swine.’
    • ‘I was so disgusted with myself that day, I felt like a swine.’
    • ‘So you think you will just lie low and say nothing, do you, you leprous swine?’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
    1. 2.1British informal Something that is very difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
      • ‘mist is a swine in unfamiliar country’


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