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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.



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Origin of swoon

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English (verb) swo(w)nen “to faint,” originally as gerund swowening, swoghning “act of swooning,” ultimately continuing Old English -swōgan (in compounds) “to rush, overrun, choke”; Middle English (noun) partly derivative of the verb, partly extracted from in (a) swoune, on swoune, alteration of a swoune, aswoune “in a swoon,” as if equivalent to aa-1 + swoon (noun), but probably continuing Old English āswōgen, past participle of āswōgan “to overcome” (see a-3), or geswōgen (past participle) “senseless, dead”
swoon·ing·ly, adverbun·swoon·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for swoon

/ (swuːn) /

verb (intr)

a literary word for faint
to become ecstatic


an instance of fainting
Also (archaic or dialect): swound
swooning, adjectiveswooningly, adverb
Old English geswōgen insensible, past participle of swōgan (unattested except in compounds) to suffocate
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