What is another word for swains?

Pronunciation: [swˈe͡ɪnz] (IPA)

Swains is a term that refers to a young man who is a lover or a suitor. There are several synonyms for the word, such as beau, lover, sweetheart, flame, paramour, admirer, and gallant. These terms all describe a man who is either in a romantic relationship or pursuing a romantic relationship with a woman. Other synonyms for swains can refer to a man who is gallant or chivalrous. These terms include knight, squire, gentleman, or cavalier. In essence, swains and their synonyms are used to describe men who depict romance, love, and chivalry.

What are the hypernyms for Swains?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Swains

At all events there was nothing here but this continuous bird-clamor and the voices of these modern nymphs and swains as they went this way and that over the velvet-smooth lawn.
"Prince Fortunatus"
William Black
"No," she said, "the Miss Pembertons made no exception with respect to those with whom I might dance, and I fear that they would object as much to my dancing in a quiet set as they would to my joining those who are rushing up and down so energetically out there;" and May looked towards the spot where a country dance of rustics was going on, the swains dragging their partners along at no small risk of pulling off their arms, though sometimes the case was reversed, and the damsels were engaged in hauling on their more awkward partners.
"Won from the Waves"
W.H.G. Kingston
I looked up, to see Helen in the doorway, surrounded by formally attentive swains.
"I Walked in Arden"
Jack Crawford

Famous quotes with Swains

  • The spotless maid is like the blooming rose Which on its native stem unsullied grows; Where fencing walls the garden-space surround, Nor swains, nor browsing cattle tread the ground. But if some hand the tender stalk invades, Lost is its beauty, and its colour fades: No more the care of heaven, or garden's boast, And all its praise with youths and maidens lost.
    John Hoole

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