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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swain  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Swain,  NY 
  Zip  code(s):  14884 




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