[ swound, swoond ]
/ swaʊnd, swund /

verb (used without object), noun Archaic.

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Origin of swound

1400–50; late Middle English swounde (v.), variant (with excrescent d) of swoune to swoon
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Examples from the Web for swound

  • A silence that was like a swound fell on the instant, and the light within went out at a puff.

    John Splendid|Neil Munro
  • I poured out my tale at one breath and in one sentence, and when it ended my mother was in her swound.

  • Hereupon my poor child was torn from me, and I fell in a swound upon the steps.

    The Amber Witch|Wilhelm Meinhold
  • When my child heard this, she gave a cry of joy, and fell back in a swound with her head against the wall.

    The Amber Witch|Wilhelm Meinhold

British Dictionary definitions for swound


/ (swaʊnd) /

noun, verb

an archaic or dialect word for swoon
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