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[swahyn-hurd] /ˈswaɪnˌhɜrd/
a person who tends swine.
Origin of swineherd
late Old English
before 1100; Middle English; late Old English swȳnhyrde. See swine, herd2
Related forms
swineherdship, noun Unabridged
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  • By and by the women returned from the fountain, and the swineherd came after them with the three best pigs he could pick out.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • The door of the swineherd's hut was open, but all was dark within.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • "I will have ten kisses from the Princess," said the swineherd.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • The hut of the swineherd is but a phase, one landing-place in the career of Ulysses.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The swineherd, who was a most equitable man, then stood up to give every one his share.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • Ulysses is to go to the swineherd who is loyal, and will give shelter.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The boy was afterwards sold to Laertes, the father of Ulysses, in whose service he put on immortality as the swineherd Eumæus.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • In the hut of the swineherd, there is no domestic life, the woman is absent.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • "I am certainly no swineherd, though you may think so," he hummed to himself.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • In the present case, however, the swineherd makes no such discovery.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for swineherd


(archaic) a person who looks after pigs
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Word Origin and History for swineherd

c.1100, swynhyrde; see swine + herd.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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