from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, including pigs, hogs, and boars, having a stout body with thick skin, a short neck, and a movable snout.
- n. A person regarded as brutish or contemptible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae.
- n. A contemptible person (plural swines).
- n. Plural form of sow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which, when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See hog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ungulate non-ruminant quadruped, of the family Suidæ in a broad sense; any hog, pig, sow, or boar; in the plural, these animals collectively.
- n. A mean, degraded person; a hoggish individual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
Middle English, from Old English swīn; see sū- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English swīn, (Proto-Germanic *swīnan, from an adjectival form of Proto-Indo-European *sū- (compare Latin sūs, Ancient Greek ὗς)). Related to German Schwein, Dutch zwijn, Polish świnia, Russian свинья. See also sow. (Wiktionary)