- any of a family (Suidae) of omnivorous, artiodactylous mammals with a bristly coat and elongated, flexible snout; esp., a domesticated pig or hog: usually used collectively
- a vicious, contemptible, or disgusting person
Origin of swineMiddle English swin ; from OE, akin to German schwein ; from Indo-European base an unverified form su-, pig, sow from source Classical Greek hys, sow, Classical Latin sus
nounpl. swine swine
- Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, having a stout body with thick skin, a short neck, and a movable snout, especially the domesticated pig.
- A person regarded as contemptible or disgusting.
Origin of swineMiddle English, from Old English swīn; see sū- in Indo-European roots.
(plural swine or swines)
From Middle English swine, swin, from Old English swÄ«n, from Proto-Germanic *swÄ«nÄ…, from an adjectival form of Proto-Indo-European *sÅ«- (“pig"). Related to West Frisian swyn, Low German Swien, Dutch zwijn, German Schwein, Danish svin, and more distantly to Polish Å›winia, Russian ÑÐ²Ð¸Ð½ÑŒÑ (svinÊ¹ja), Latin sÅ«s, Ancient Greek á½—Ï‚ (hus). See also sow.