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" [syn: boyfriend, fellow, beau, young man]
- Rhymes: -eɪn
- A servant. Originally the servant to a Knight, looking after his armaments and horse.
- A young man dwelling in the country; a rustic; esp., a country gallant or lover; — chiefly in poetry. Hence, the road name "Swains' Lane" can be translated to "Lovers' Lane".
- A boyfriend; a man who is the lover of a woman.
Swain is a traditional English surname derived ultimately from the Old Norse personal name Sveinn (Sven, Sweyn), meaning a youth, young man. There are a number of variations in the spelling of the surname Swain, including Swaine, Swainne and Swayne.
Swain is also a surname in Orissa India
From this word meaning boy, young male or servant, are derived:
- the noun swain, meaning a rustic lover or boyfriend, cf. the numerous examples in Shakespeare's work, including his lyric, "[w]ho is Sylvia, what is she that all our Swains commend her" (from The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
- there are also specific nautical words involving swain: boatswain (literally "young man in charge of a boat") which can be seen in Shakespeare's The Tempest, and coxswain.
Notable people named Swain
swain in German: Swain
swain in French: Swain
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