Swain meaning

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A lover or suitor.
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A young male suitor or lover.
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A young rustic lover or gallant.
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A country lad, especially a young shepherd.
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A country youth.
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(archaic) A country labourer; a countryman, a rustic.
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(poetic) A rural lover; a male sweetheart in a pastoral setting.
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Origin of swain

  • Middle English young man, servant from Old Norse sveinn s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse sveinn, from Proto-Germanic *swaina-, *swainaz (“relative, young man, servant"), from Proto-Indo-European *se- (“aside, separated, apart"). Cognate with Old English swān.

    From Wiktionary