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[swoon] /swun/
verb (used without object)
to faint; lose consciousness.
to enter a state of hysterical rapture or ecstasy:
The teenagers swooned at the sight of the singing star.
a faint or fainting fit; syncope.
Origin of swoon
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English swo(w)nen to faint, orig. as gerund swowening, swoghning act of swooning, ultimately continuing Old English -swōgan (in compounds) to rush, overrun, choke; (noun) Middle English, partly derivative of the v., partly extracted from in (a) swoune, on swoune, alteration of a swoune, aswoune in a swoon, as if equivalent to a a-1 + swoon (noun), but probably continuing Old English āswōgen, past participle of āswōgan to overcome (see a-3), or geswōgen (past participle) senseless, dead
Related forms
swooningly, adverb
unswooning, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swoon
  • swoon frontloads her days with caffeine and works on her art late into the night.
  • Good keynote speeches at conferences can make me swoon.
  • The swoon in commodity prices of late supports this view.
  • Locals swoon for their brick-oven pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and other super-fresh farm-to-table offerings.
  • There are plenty of smart phones out there with the specs and features to make power users and tech junkies swoon.
  • Housing will eventually recover from its great swoon.
  • Give literary critics a bit of lovely writing, no matter how self-involved, and they will swoon.
  • But in fact, other datapoints suggest that housing markets have turned up a bit since the autumn swoon.
  • The result is a slammed diesel hybrid sure to make hippies swoon and make car camping a whole lot cooler.
  • Between one month and three is nearer reality, during which time markets can soar or swoon.
British Dictionary definitions for swoon


verb (intransitive)
a literary word for faint
to become ecstatic
an instance of fainting
Also (archaic or dialect) swound
Derived Forms
swooning, adjective
swooningly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English geswōgen insensible, past participle of swōgan (unattested except in compounds) to suffocate
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Word Origin and History for swoon

c.1300, suowne, "state of unconsciousness," probably from Old English geswogen "in a faint," past participle of a lost verb *swogan, as in Old English aswogan "to choke," of uncertain origin. Cf. Low German swogen "to sigh."


c.1200, "to become unconscious," probably from a lost Old English verb *swogan (see swoon (n.)). Related: Swooned; swooning.

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