swain (n.) Old form(s): Swaine
[contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow
1H6 IV.i.43[Talbot to all, of an unworthy knight] He ... should ... / Be quite degraded, like a hedge-born swain
1H6 V.iv.37[Pucelle to all] Not me begotten of a shepherd swain
2H6 IV.i.50[Suffolk to Lieutenant] Obscure and lousy swain
2H6 IV.i.65[Whitmore to Lieutenant, of Suffolk] Speak, captain, shall I stab the forlorn swain?
E3 I.ii.145[Countess to King Edward] Our house ... is like a country swain
LLL I.i.177[Longaville to all, of Armado] Costard the swain and he shall be our sport
LLL I.i.241[King reading Armado's letter to him, of Costard] There did I see that low-spirited swain
LLL III.i.47[Armado to Mote, of Costard] Fetch hither the swain
LLL III.i.5[Armado to Mote, of Costard] give enlargement to the swain
LLL IV.i.141[Costard alone, of Boyet] By my soul, a swain, a most simple clown!
LLL V.i.121[Holofernes to Nathaniel, of Costard] this swain ... shall pass Pompey the Great
LLL V.ii.531[King to all] the swain, [presents] Pompey the Great
Luc.1504[of a painting of Sinon] Onward to Troy with the blunt swains he goes
MND IV.i.64[Oberon to Puck] take this transformed scalp / From off the head of this Athenian swain
TS II.i.204[Katherina to Petruchio, of herself] Too light for such a swain as you to catch
TS IV.i.115[Petruchio to Grumio] You peasant swain
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