Definition of swine in English:



  • 1North American formal A pig.

    • ‘His team did DNA studies that gave more evidence for the idea that prehumans acquired these tapeworms before cattle and swine were domesticated.’
    • ‘The total cost is not known - this was due to the slaughtering of over 15,000 animals including cattle, sheep, goats and swine.’
    • ‘A disease was introduced from unknown origins into the swine in California.’
    • ‘I and found to my amazement that it was the pail holding the innards left over from the swine.’
    • ‘Taeniid tapeworms have a global economic impact because of the production losses in domestic stock, including cattle and swine.’
    • ‘The paper only addressed the occurrence of bird flu in pigs in 2003, and made no mention of his remark last week that it had re-emerged in swine this year too.’
    • ‘An increased number of game animals, from red deer to wild swine, and trophy animals, such a wolves and bears, have been killed.’
    • ‘The fungus is especially dangerous if it gets into corn fed to horses or swine.’
    • ‘Spray-dried plasma protein from swine or cattle blood is equally effective and has been a major contribution to the success of early weaning programs.’
    • ‘The same virus has been detected in humans and swine.’
    • ‘The virus explosively increased among domesticated swine.’
    • ‘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 swine developed blistering which looked like foot and mouth disease which causes great concern to livestock people and even more to regulatory people.’
    • ‘All swine within a three-mile radius of known infected animals have been killed.’
    • ‘Systematic surveillance for influenza is currently limited to humans, chickens, swine and horses.’
    • ‘For your brave action, I bestow on you the honor of skinning the swine.’
    • ‘The only way to get the large swine into the boat without capsizing the craft was to build a makeshift floating ramp on the spot.’
    • ‘Napah Virus, a severe respiratory disease that Malaysian farmers caught from their swine, originated in bats.’
    hog, boar, sow, porker, piglet
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  • 2informal A contemptible or unpleasant person.

    ‘what an arrogant, unfeeling swine!’
    • ‘It's disgusting what these swines did to her - she could have been killed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between 11 pm last night and 8am this morning the heartless swine crept into our front garden and took it.’
    • ‘Well, they can all give me money, but no one does, the tight swine.’
    • ‘We will take what you exploited from others, you capitalist swine!’
    • ‘But he is living proof that you don't need to be a swine to get on,’ he said.’
    • ‘I told you, I will not have you married to that swine.’
    • ‘Then the cheeky swines said that it should be in London.’
    • ‘Just some advice from me because I like you, you swine.’
    • ‘You will pay for your offense, miserable swine!’
    • ‘This leaves me, two businessmen who have suddenly started to drink up, the swines, and her in this corner.’
    • ‘All the same, it does feel very nice when one comes across a great artist who is not an utter swine politically.’
    • ‘Yet the swine who broke into and ransacked her home had not a moment's concern for her age or her condition.’
    • ‘Taking her brother's arm, she said a silent prayer that this pirate would not die at the hands of that swine.’
    • ‘I was so disgusted with myself that day, I felt like a swine.’
    • ‘These arrogant swine actually think it is their RIGHT to decide what the public will be allowed to know!’
    • ‘So you think you will just lie low and say nothing, do you, you leprous swine?’
    • ‘They're just saying you're a low swine who'd rather play word games than keep your word.’
    • ‘You'd have to be a real swine to have kept him a secret.’
    • ‘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.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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    1. 2.1 A thing that is very difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
      ‘mist is a swine in unfamiliar country’
      • ‘The initial ascent is deceptively steep: to be completely honest, it is a swine to climb.’
      • ‘Its string of bitsy and complicated mosaics makes it a swine to maintain rhythmic cohesion.’
      • ‘WiFi can be a swine to set up and won't necessarily work around large home.’
      • ‘You are no doubt aware that grass is a swine to get out of cloth.’


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