swain

[sweyn]
noun
1.
a male admirer or lover.
2.
a country lad.
3.
a country gallant.

Origin:
before 1150; Middle English swein servant < Old Norse sveinn boy, servant; cognate with Old English swān

swainish, adjective
swainishness, noun
underswain, noun
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swain (sweɪn)
 
n
1.  a male lover or admirer
2.  a country youth
 
[Old English swān swineherd; related to Old High German swein, Old Norse sveinn boy; see swine]
 
'swainish
 
adj

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swain
c.1150, "young man attendant upon a knight," from O.N. sveinn "boy, servant, attendant," from P.Gmc. *swainaz "attendant, servant," prop. one's own (man), from PIE *swoi-no-, from base *swe- "oneself, alone, apart" (see idiom). Cognate with O.E. swan "shepherd, swineherd,"
O.S. swen, O.H.G. swein. Meaning "country or farm laborer" is from 1579; that of "lover, wooer" (in pastoral poetry) is from 1585.
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