from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who tends swine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who herds and tends swine, a keeper of swine (pigs).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A keeper of swine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A herder or keeper of swine. Also swineward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a herder or swine


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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.



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  • -herd has so much potential. Goat-herd, swine-herd, people-herd...

    March 20, 2012

  • And she mourns a hope that always fails and a love that never can be.

    (Qroqqa, the quatrain yearned to be completed!)

    June 18, 2009

  • Alackaday! the goosegirl wails, for her swain was a swine, you see.

    June 18, 2009

  • is the definition meant to be "a herder _of_ swine"?

    June 18, 2009

  • The swineherd is swain to the goosegirl.

    June 18, 2009

  • I kinda like this word - it has an old world feeling about it.

    June 18, 2009