Swine

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Definition

(a) swine: (a) pig, hog, boar; a mean or unpleasant person
noun
In the figurative sense swine means 'shameless':

That swine had the nerve to call me again! Even after he ruined my wedding day by throwing tomatoes at my wife!
My cousin makes a decent living raising swine. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

Swine in the 'pig' sense, doesn't vary when plural:

a swine
two swine

Pronunciation examples
UK: My ex-husband is a real swine. I hate him.
US: My cousin makes a decent living raising swine.
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Examples

  • "Is it the swine flu?"
  • "Susie : Philip, you swine!"

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