What does SWAIN mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boyfriend, fellow, beau, swain, young mannoun

    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"


  1. swainnoun

    A knight's servant; an attendant.

  2. swainnoun

    A country labourer; a countryman, a rustic.

  3. swainnoun

    A rural lover; a male sweetheart in a pastoral setting.

  4. Etymology: From sveinn, from swaina-, swainaz, from se-. Cognate with Old English swan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swainnoun

    Etymology: swein , Saxon and Runick.

    That good knight would not so nigh repair,
    Himself estranging from their joyance vain,
    Whose fellowship seem’d far unfit for warlike swain. F. Q.

    It were a happy life
    To be no better than a homely swain. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Blest swains! whose nymphs in ev’ry grace excel;
    Blest nymphs! whose swains those graces sing so well. Alexander Pope.


  1. swain

    A swain is an old-fashioned term primarily used in poetry or literature, referring to a young lover or suitor, often a country or rural youth. It can also refer to a country laborer or shepherd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swainnoun

    a servant

  2. Swainnoun

    a young man dwelling in the country; a rustic; esp., a cuntry gallant or lover; -- chiefly in poetry

  3. Etymology: [OE. swain, swein, Icel. sveinn a boy, servant; akin to Sw. sven, Dan. svend, AS. swn, OHG. swein.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swain

    swān, n. a young man: a peasant: a country lover.—n. Swain′ing, love-making.—adj. Swain′ish, boorish.—n. Swain′ishness, boorishness. [Ice. sveinn, young man, servant, Dan. svend, servant.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SWAIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Swain is ranked #1412 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Swain surname appeared 25,157 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Swain.

    66.1% or 16,646 total occurrences were White.
    26.7% or 6,740 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 657 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 604 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 307 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 204 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for SWAIN »

  1. wains

  2. saw in

  3. iwans

  4. siwan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWAIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SWAIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of SWAIN in a Sentence

  1. Chief Justice John Roberts:

    In the 1905 Swain trial, a senator objected when one of the managers used the word' pettifogging' and the presiding officer said the word ought not to have been used, i don't think we need to aspire to that high of a standard, but I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are.

  2. Oliver Goldsmith:

    The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.

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