- 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
Examples from the Web for swoon
Contemporary Examples of swoon
More than anything else, teenagers seemed to swoon over tenderness and vulnerability that the Beatles expressed in their songs.What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’
October 31, 2013
Long before he took the stage, the mere mention of his name sent this crowd into a swoon.Ted’s Excellent Adventure: How Cruz Rocked the Value Voters Summit
October 11, 2013
Like a verbal snake charmer, he could swoon them into missteps, even confessions.The Private David Frost
John M. Florescu
September 3, 2013
Then Dylan McDermott turns around in an FBI vest and a Dirty Harry attitude, and you swoon.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
Your silky bangs look gorgeous under the lights and your deep brown eyes make me swoon.Michelle Obama Stranded by Her Man as Barack Goes on a Golfing Weekend
February 16, 2013
Historical Examples of swoon
All this Barnaby saw with his first clear consciousness after his swoon.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Vanished into the swoon whose blackness encompassed and hid me.Poems
William D. Howells
I was ready to swoon, not with grief and trouble, but with solid joy and peace.'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Did you drop no word during my swoon that might have led them to suspect?Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Private Smith wakened from one swoon only to fall into another.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
- a literary word for faint
- to become ecstatic
- an instance of fainting
Word Origin 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.