1. ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

was boorish and insensitive


the loutish manners of a bully


her stupid oafish husband


aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude

Syn: ↑boorish, ↑loutish, ↑neanderthal, ↑neandertal, ↑oafish
Similar to: ↑unrefined
Derivationally related forms: ↑boorishness (for: ↑boorish)
2. resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy

piggish table manners


the piggy fat-cheeked little boy and his porcine pot-bellied father


swinish slavering over food

Syn: ↑hoggish, ↑piggish, ↑piggy, ↑porcine
Similar to: ↑gluttonous
Derivationally related forms: ↑piggy (for: ↑piggy), ↑pig (for: ↑piggy), ↑piggishness (for: ↑piggish), ↑hoggishness (for: ↑hoggish)

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  • swinish — c.1200, from SWINE (Cf. swine) + ISH (Cf. ish) …   Etymology dictionary

  • swinish — [swīn′ish] adj. [ME swinisch] of, like, fit for, or characteristic of swine; beastly, piggish, coarse, etc. swinishly adv. swinishness n …   English World dictionary

  • swinish — adjective BrE extremely unpleasant or difficult to deal with: a swinish problem | swinish behaviour …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • swinish — swin|ish [ swaınıʃ ] adjective MAINLY JOURNALISM extremely unpleasant or annoying: swinish behavior …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swinish — swine ► NOUN 1) (pl. same) formal or N. Amer. a pig. 2) (pl. same or swines) informal a contemptible or disgusting person. DERIVATIVES swinish adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to SOW(Cf. ↑sower) …   English terms dictionary

  • swinish — adjective Date: 13th century of, suggesting, or characteristic of swine ; beastly • swinishly adverb • swinishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swinish — swinishly, adv. swinishness, n. /swuy nish/, adj. 1. like or befitting swine; hoggish. 2. brutishly coarse, gross, or sensual. [1150 1200; ME; see SWINE, ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • swinish — adjective Like a pig, resembling a swine …   Wiktionary

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