- a country youth
- a young rustic lover or gallant
- a lover or suitor
Origin of swainMiddle English swein from Old Norse sveinn, boy, servant, akin to Old English swan, shepherd, peasant, youth from Indo-European an unverified form swe-, one's own, apart
- A country lad, especially a young shepherd.
- A young male suitor or lover.
Origin of swainMiddle English young man, servant from Old Norse sveinn ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.