What does the word swain mean?

Usage examples for swain

  1. Tell me, thou swain, that guard'st thy flock Beneath the shadowy tree, If flock, or vale, or mountain- ridge Be half so fair as she! – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Go first the master of thy herds to find, True to his charge, a loyal swain and kind; For thee he sighs; and to the loyal heir And chaste Penelope extends his care. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  3. Such adulation must have been delicious to Madame Hanska; and yet she sent her sighing swain back into his loneliness, with his bonds riveted tighter, his promises to break with all rivals more solemn, and a disappointment, over his deferred hopes, that brought on an illness after his return. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
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