swoon

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From Middle English swownen, swonen(to faint), and Middle English aswoune(in a swoon), both ultimately from Old English ġeswōgen(insensible, senseless, dead), past participle of swōgan(to make a sound, overrun, suffocate) (compare Old English āswōgan(to cover over, overcome)), from Proto-Germanic *swōganą(to make a noise), from Proto-Indo-European *swāghe-(to shout). Cognate with Low German swogen(to sigh, groan), Dutch zwoegen(to groan, breathe heavily), Norwegian dialectal søgja(to whistle, hum, talk loudly). More at sough.

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swoon ‎(plural swoons)

  1. A faint.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      "I felt my strength fading away, and I was in a half swoon. How long this horrible thing lasted I know not, but it seemed that a long time must have passed before he took his foul, awful, sneering mouth away. I saw it drip with the fresh blood!"
  2. An infatuation

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swoon ‎(third-person singular simple present swoons, present participle swooning, simple past and past participle swooned)

  1. (dated) (intransitive) to faint, to lose consciousness
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
      I dropped the vessel quickly to a lower level. Nor was I a moment too soon. The girl had swooned.
    • 2011 August 2, “Perry the Platypus”, in Phineas and Ferb: Across the 1st and 2nd Dimensions, Walt Disney Records, performed by Randy Crenshaw:
      He's got more than just mad skill,
      He's got a beaver tail and a bill.
      And the women swoon whenever they hear him say…
  2. (intransitive) to be overwhelmed by emotion, especially infatuation
  3. (intransitive) to make a moan, sigh, or some other sound expressing infatuation or affection
    The girls swooned at the picture of their favorite actor.
    • 2013 (November 2) Pinky 10 minutes into episode 25 ("The Spy Who Slimed Me") of TV series "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" per closed captions
      [Swoons] For sure. He's totally dreamy. Uh--but my heart still belongs to you, Pac-ums.

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