Pronunciation: (swīn),[key] —n., —pl.swine. 1. any stout, cloven-hoofed artiodactyl of the Old World family Suidae, having a thick hide sparsely covered with coarse hair, a disklike snout, and an often short, tasseled tail: now of worldwide distribution and hunted or raised for its meat and other products. Cf. hog, pig, wild boar. 2. the domestic hog, Sus scrofa. 3. a coarse, gross, or brutishly sensual person.
4. a contemptible person.