- 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 swooning
What other shameful secrets might a search of his Internet history turn up unrelated to his months swooning over ISIS?The Scared Widdle Kitty of ISIS
December 12, 2014
But it was the subtle things like his trademark side-smile or his formal “Mr. Torre” ways that had us swooning.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets
September 28, 2014
Blogs and music sites were swooning over this kid and his unapologetic pictures.When Harry Met Cancer
April 10, 2014
He went on to brand her a “swooning siren” who apparently drove the general onto the rocks.In Petraeus Scandal, the Old ‘Blame the Woman’ Strategy
November 30, 2012
When we get to the theater, the ticket vendor fans herself, swooning at the sight of all the hunks.‘Magic Mike’ Review: 5 Strippers on the Channing Tatum Film
June 29, 2012
Cyrus came, running, and between them they get the swooning Gussie to her room.Quaint Courtships
In a swooning fit, the patient should immediately be exposed to the open air, and the face and neck sprinkled with cold water.
Perhaps it might be of use to recover persons from swooning.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
The agony which had come from rough motion was keeping Smith from swooning now.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
He caught the swooning Melisselda in his arms and covered her face with kisses.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- a literary word for faint
- to become ecstatic
- an instance of fainting
Word Origin and History for swooning
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.