swain

  • 1 Swain — is a traditional English surname derived ultimately from the Old Norse personal name Sveinn (Sven, Sweyn), meaning a youth, young man. There are a number of variations in the spelling of the surname Swain, including Swaine, Swainne and Swayne.… …

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  • 2 Swain — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Ben Swain (* 1986), britischer Wasserspringer Bennie Swain (1930–2008), US amerikanischer Basketballspieler und trainer Chelse Swain (* 1983), US amerikanische Schauspielerin David Swain (1801–1870), US… …

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  • 3 Swain — Swain, n. [OE. swain, swein, Icel. sveinn a boy, servant; akin to Sw. sven, Dan. svend, AS. sw[=a]n, OHG. swein.] 1. A servant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Him behoves serve himself that has no swain. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A young man dwelling in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 swain — [sweın] n old use [Date: 1500 1600; : Old Norse; Origin: sveinn boy, servant ] a young man from the country who loves a woman …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 swain — [ sweın ] noun count LITERARY a young man, especially a young man who is in love …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 swain — mid 12c., young man attendant upon a knight, from O.N. sveinn boy, servant, attendant, from P.Gmc. *swainaz attendant, servant, properly “one s own (man),” from PIE *swoi no , from root *swe oneself, alone, apart (see IDIOM (Cf. idiom)).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 swain — swain; swainmote /sweyn(mowt)/ See swein sweinmote …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 8 swain — ► NOUN 1) archaic a country youth. 2) literary a young lover or suitor. ORIGIN Old Norse, lad …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 swain —    The earliest meaning of this word in English was ‘boy’ or ‘servant’. Traces of this survive in compounds like ‘boatswain’, ‘coxswain’. By the seventeenth century the meaning had shifted across to ‘peasant labourer’, or ‘shepherd’.    Petruchio …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 11 swain — boat·swain; swain; swain·ish; swain·so·na; swain·son; cox·swain; …

    English syllables

  • 12 Swain —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie des personnes (réelles ou fictives) partageant un même patronyme. Swain est un nom de famille notamment porté par : Dominique Swain (née en 1980), actrice américaine ; Garry Swain (né en 1947),… …

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  • 13 Swain — This surname is not only one of the oldest of all recorded surnames, pre dating the 1086 Domesday Book (see below), it is one of the earliest settler names in America. It derives from the pre 8th Century Viking (Scandinavian) personal name Sven,… …

    Surnames reference

  • 14 swain — UK [sweɪn] / US noun [countable] Word forms swain : singular swain plural swains literary a young man, especially a young man who is in love …

    English dictionary

  • 15 swain — [[t]sweɪn[/t]] n. 1) a male admirer or lover 2) a country lad • Etymology: bef. 1150; ME swein servant < ON sveinn boy, servant, c. OE swān, OHGswein swain′ish, adj. swain′ish•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 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

  • 17 swain — [[t]swe͟ɪn[/t]] swains N COUNT A swain is a young man who is in love. [OLD FASHIONED] Syn: beau …

    English dictionary

  • 18 Swain — Sp Svenas Ap Swain L JAV apyg. (Š. Karolina) …

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  • 19 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

  • 20 swain — noun /sweɪn/ a) A country labourer; a countryman, a rustic. b) A rural lover; a male sweetheart in a pastoral setting …

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