Definitions for: Swain


[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]

Him behoves serve himself that has no swain.
--Chaucer.

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

It were a happy life To be no better than a homely
swain. --Shak.

Blest swains! whose nymphs in every grace excel.
--Pope.

Synonyms: beau, boyfriend, fellow, young man

See Also: adult male, lover, man

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