Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a swain; rustic; ignorant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a swain; rustic; ignorant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resembling a swain; rustic; boorish.

Etymologies

swain +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He made us feel that the scholar's demand for accuracy was not merely pedantic, still less an arbitrary moral discipline, but rather a niceness, a delicacy, to lack which argued "a gross and swainish disposition."

    Surprised by Joy

  • “Nor blame it, readers, in those years to propose to themselves such a reward, as the noblest dispositions above other things in this life have sometimes preferred: whereof not to be sensible when good and fair in one person meet, argues both a gross and shallow judgment, and withal an ungentle and swainish breast.

    John Milton (1859)

  • Whereof not to be sensible when good and fair in one person meet, argues both a gross and shallow judgment, and withal an ungentle and swainish breast.

    Milton

  • Nor blame it, readers, in those years to pro - pose to themselves such a reward as the noblest dis - positions above other things in this life have some - times preferred: whereof not to be sensible, when good and fair in ohe person meet, argues both a gross and shallow judgment, and withal an ungentlei and swainish breast.

    Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of the Seventeenth ...

  • "Nor blame it, readers, in those years to propose to themselves such a reward, as the noblest dispositions above other things in this life have sometimes preferred; whereof not to be sensible when good and fair in one person meet, argues both a gross and shallow judgment, and withal an ungentle and swainish breast.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

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