Definition of Swain

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Beau, Boyfriend, Fellow, Young Man
Generic synonyms: Lover, Adult Male, Man

Definition of Swain

1. n. A servant.

Definition of Swain

1. Noun. (obsolete) A knight's servant; an attendant. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) A country labourer; a countryman, a rustic. ¹

3. Noun. (poetic) A rural lover; a male sweetheart in a pastoral setting. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swain

1. a country boy [n -S] : SWAINISH [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swain

swaggery
swaggie
swaggies
swagging
swaggy
swaging
swagman
swagmen
swags
swagshop
swagshops
swagsman
swagsmen
swail
swails
swain (current term)
swaining
swainings
swainish
swainishness
swainishnesses
swainling
swainlings
swainmote
swainmotes
swains
swainship
swainsonine
swaip
swaiped

Literary usage of Swain

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1. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"True hearted was he the sad swain of the Yarrow, The fickle Fair can give ... True hearted was he t And I the happy country swain, S. Twos even—the dewy ..."

2. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1911)
"ON his part, Mr. swain pondered the incident seriously before going to bed. ... Mr. swain understood his neighbors far better than they understood him, ..."

3. The History of "Punch" by Marion Harry Spielmann (1895)
"Mr Joseph swain supersedes Ebenezer Landells—His Education as Engraver- Head of His ... IT was in 1843 that Mr. swain engraved his first block for Punch. ..."

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