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From Middle English swebben ‎(to sleep, swoon), from Old English swebban ‎(to put to sleep, lull, kill), from Proto-Germanic *swabjaną, *swēbijaną ‎(to lull, put to sleep), from Proto-Indo-European *swep-, *sup- ‎(to sleep). Cognate with Icelandic svefja ‎(to sleep), Latin sōpiō ‎(put to sleep, lull, verb). Related to sweven.


sweb ‎(third-person singular simple present swebs, present participle swebbing, simple past and past participle swebbed)

  1. (intransitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England) To swoon; faint.
    Hoo swebbed, all droked in sweat, frae the heat o' the desert sun.


sweb ‎(plural swebs)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England) A swoon.

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