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[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"

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adult male, lover, man

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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