noun see swain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Swainishness — Swainish Swain ish, a. Pertaining to, or resembling, a swain; rustic; ignorant. An ungentle and swainish beast. Milton. {Swain ish*ness}, n. Emerson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swainishness — swainˈishness noun Boorishness • • • Main Entry: ↑swain …   Useful english dictionary

  • swain — noun Etymology: Middle English swein boy, servant, from Old Norse sveinn; akin to Old English swān swain, Latin suus one s own more at suicide Date: 14th century 1. rustic, peasant; specifically shepherd 2. a male admirer or suitor • swainish… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swain — swainish, adj. swainishness, n. /swayn/, n. 1. a male admirer or lover. 2. a country lad. 3. a country gallant. [bef. 1150; ME swein servant < ON sveinn boy, servant; c. OE swan] * * * …   Universalium

  • swain — /sweɪn / (say swayn) noun Chiefly Poetic 1. a country lad. 2. British a country gallant. 3. a lover. {early Middle English swein servant, from Old Norse sveinn boy} –swainish, adjective –swainishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • swain — [swān] n. [ME swein < ON sveinn, boy, servant, akin to OE swan, shepherd, peasant, youth < IE * swe , one s own, apart] Archaic 1. a country youth 2. a young rustic lover or gallant 3. a lover or suitor swainish adj. swainishness n …   English World dictionary

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