swain


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swain

 (swān)
n.
1. A country lad, especially a young shepherd.
2. A young male suitor or lover.

[Middle English, young man, servant, from Old Norse sveinn; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

swain

(sweɪn)
n
1. a male lover or admirer
2. a country youth
[Old English swān swineherd; related to Old High German swein, Old Norse sveinn boy; see swine]
ˈswainish adj

swain

(sweɪn)

n.
1. a male admirer or lover.
2. a country lad.
[before 1150; Middle English swein servant < Old Norse sveinn boy, servant, c. Old English swān, Old High German swein]
swain′ish, adj.
swain′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swain - a man who is the lover of a girl or young womanswain - a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman; "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"

swain

noun
A man who courts a woman:
Translations

swain

[sweɪn] N (archaic, hum) (= lad) → zagal m; (= suitor) → pretendiente m, amante m

swain

n (old, = suitor) → Freier m; (= lad)Bursch(e) m
References in classic literature ?
AN Ancient Maiden, standing on the edge of a wharf near a Modern Swain, was overheard rehearsing the words:
I am a noble preserver," said the Modern Swain, thoughtfully moving away; "the life that I have saved is indeed mine.
A FARMER of the Augustan age Perused in Virgil's golden page, The story of the secret won From Proteus by Cyrene's son How the dank sea-god sowed the swain Means to restore his hives again More briefly, how a slaughtered bull Breeds honey by the bellyful.
Yes," she said, "you have guessed the truth; that suitor and amorous swain, Jacob, did not come on my account.
Yes, cold and insensible Nymph, (replied I) that luckless swain your Brother, is no more, and you may now glory in being the Heiress of Sir Edward's fortune.
And, in spite of his absurd position as Liza's lovesick swain at his age, you ought to see how he carries off the absurd position.
Certainly NOT," replied Rebecca, closing the door somewhat too speedily upon her precocious swain.
Beneath the stone before your eyes The body of a lover lies; In life he was a shepherd swain, In death a victim to disdain.
If the truth must be told, I did not like his best things at first, but long remained chiefly attached to his rubbishing pastorals, which I was perpetually imitating, with a whole apparatus of swains and shepherdesses, purling brooks, enamelled meads, rolling years, and the like.
Village swains rang the joy-bells (and got drunk on their money the same evening).
Then do the swains appear with tea, with lemonade, with sandwiches, with homage.
Thenceforth sweet Cecily kept the noiseless tenor of her way unvexed by the attentions of enamoured swains.