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.
swoon (plural swoons)
- A faint.
- An infatuation
- (dated) to faint, to lose consciousness
1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, 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.
- to be overwhelmed by emotion (especially infatuation)