American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who tends swine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A herder or keeper of swine. Also swineward.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A keeper of swine.
- n. a herder or swine
- A compound of swine + herd; before 1100, from Middle English, from Late Old English swȳnhyrde ("swineherd"), from Old English swīn ("swine, pig") + Old English hierde ("herd, herder"), cognate with German Schweinehirt, Schweinehirte. (Wiktionary)
“Then she called the swineherd to her apartment and said: "Bring the beggar hither.”
“Telemachus was the first to notice him, and calling the swineherd, who was sitting near, he gave him a loaf of bread and a good handful of meat, and bade him carry it to the beggar.”
“And Telemachus called the swineherd to him, and took a whole loaf out of the fair basket, and of flesh so much as his hands could hold in their grasp, saying: 39”
“` ` Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald, '' said Wamba with his usual effrontery; ` ` the swineherd will be a fit usher to the Jew. '”
“The scene shifts (l. 301) to the hut of the swineherd, which is the present destination of Telemachus.”
“And Telemachus called the swineherd to him, and took a whole loaf out of the fair basket, and of flesh so much as his hands could hold in their grasp, saying:”
“Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald," said Wamba with his usual effrontery; "the swineherd will be a fit usher to the Jew.”
“He goes off to a distant country and wastes his resources on riotous living and eventually has to work as a "swineherd" (clearly a low point as swine are unclean in Judaism.)”
““Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald,” said Wamba with his usual effrontery; “the swineherd will be a fit usher to the”
“He called the swineherd to him, and said: "Eumaios, I am going back to the town to see my mother.”
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