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swoon

[swoon] /swun/
verb (used without object)
1.
to faint; lose consciousness.
2.
to enter a state of hysterical rapture or ecstasy:
The teenagers swooned at the sight of the singing star.
noun
3.
a faint or fainting fit; syncope.
Origin
1250-1300
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
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Examples from the web for swooning
  • Suddenly he started, saved again perhaps from swooning by an uncanny and hideous sight.
  • Ignore his hysterical critics, and swooning cheerleaders.
  • Britons have not become swooning converts to internationalism.
  • None of the projects is likely to inspire swooning from architecture fans.
  • Three times she brought the trial to a halt by swooning, once coughing up blood to the shock of the courtroom.
  • The swooning stocks of two giant mortgage companies have consumers wondering about the effect on those buying or selling homes.
British Dictionary definitions for swooning

swoon

/swuːn/
verb (intransitive)
1.
a literary word for faint
2.
to become ecstatic
noun
3.
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 swooning

swoon

n.

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."

v.

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

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