swooningly

swoon

[swoon]
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; (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

swooningly, adverb
unswooning, adjective
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swoon (swuːn)
 
vb
1.  a literary word for faint
2.  to become ecstatic
 
n
3.  an instance of fainting
 
[Old English geswōgen insensible, past participle of swōgan (unattested except in compounds) to suffocate]
 
'swooning
 
adj
 
'swooningly
 
adv

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swoon
late 13c., swogene, probably from O.E. geswogen "in a faint," pp. of a lost verb, perhaps *swogan, as in aswogan "to choke," of uncertain origin. Cf. Low Ger. swogen "to sigh."
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