Definition of swine in English:



  • 1North American formal A pig.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For your brave action, I bestow on you the honor of skinning the 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.’
    • ‘I and found to my amazement that it was the pail holding the innards left over from the swine.’
    • ‘Napah Virus, a severe respiratory disease that Malaysian farmers caught from their swine, originated in bats.’
    • ‘All swine within a three-mile radius of known infected animals have been killed.’
    • ‘The same virus has been detected in humans and swine.’
    • ‘Systematic surveillance for influenza is currently limited to humans, chickens, swine and horses.’
    • ‘The fungus is especially dangerous if it gets into corn fed to horses or 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.’
    • ‘Taeniid tapeworms have a global economic impact because of the production losses in domestic stock, including cattle and swine.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The virus explosively increased among domesticated swine.’
    • ‘An increased number of game animals, from red deer to wild swine, and trophy animals, such a wolves and bears, have been killed.’
    • ‘The swine developed blistering which looked like foot and mouth disease which causes great concern to livestock people and even more to regulatory people.’
    hog, boar, sow, porker, piglet
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  • 2informal A contemptible or unpleasant person.

    ‘what an arrogant, unfeeling 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.’
    • ‘This leaves me, two businessmen who have suddenly started to drink up, the swines, and her in this corner.’
    • ‘Just some advice from me because I like you, you 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.’
    • ‘All the same, it does feel very nice when one comes across a great artist who is not an utter swine politically.’
    • ‘You'd have to be a real swine to have kept him a secret.’
    • ‘You will pay for your offense, miserable swine!’
    • ‘Well, they can all give me money, but no one does, the tight 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?’
    • ‘These arrogant swine actually think it is their RIGHT to decide what the public will be allowed to know!’
    • ‘It's disgusting what these swines did to her - she could have been killed.’
    • ‘Taking her brother's arm, she said a silent prayer that this pirate would not die at the hands of that swine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the swine who broke into and ransacked her home had not a moment's concern for her age or her condition.’
    • ‘They're just saying you're a low swine who'd rather play word games than keep your word.’
    • ‘Between 11 pm last night and 8am this morning the heartless swine crept into our front garden and took it.’
    • ‘We will take what you exploited from others, you capitalist swine!’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The initial ascent is deceptively steep: to be completely honest, it is a swine to climb.’
      • ‘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.