A swine is a pig or a big ol’ nasty hog. Swine have short legs, thick bodies, and they eat just about anything. If someone acts like a pig, call him a swine.

Although it’s old fashioned, the word swine comes in handy if you need another word for hog, like if you’re really into writing poems about pigs. Swine — which is also the plural form, like fish — are common farm animals. Some are eaten as bacon, some are kept as pets. Swine themselves are omnivorous, so they’ll eat meat, vegetables, or, well, garbage.

Definitions of swine
  1. noun

    stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals

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    Sus scrofa, grunter, hog, pig, squealer

    domestic swine

    an uncastrated male hog

    an adult female hog
    razorback, razorback hog, razorbacked hog

    a mongrel hog with a thin body and long legs and a ridged back; a wild or semi-wild descendant of improved breeds; found chiefly in the southeastern United States
    Sus scrofa, boar, wild boar

    Old World wild swine having a narrow body and prominent tusks from which most domestic swine come; introduced in United States
    Babyrousa Babyrussa, babiroussa, babirusa, babirussa

    Indonesian wild pig with enormous curved canine teeth

    African wild swine with warty protuberances on the face and large protruding tusks

    a pig fattened to provide meat
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    artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate

    placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot

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