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swoon

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intransitive verb \ˈswün\

Simple Definition of swoon

  • : to become very excited about someone or something

  • : to suddenly become unconscious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swoon

  1. 1a :  faintb :  to become enraptured <swooning with joy>

  2. 2 :  droop, fade

swooner

noun

swooningly

play \ˈswü-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of swoon in a sentence

  1. She almost swooned from fright.

  2. <whenever the young woman swooned, she always seemed to manage falling into the arms of a good-looking man>



Origin and Etymology of swoon

Middle English swounen, probably back-formation from swouning, swowening, from iswowen, aswoune, from Old English geswōgen in a swoon


First Known Use: 13th century


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swoon

noun

Definition of swoon

  1. 1a :  a partial or total loss of consciousnessb :  a state of bewilderment or ecstasy :  daze, rapture

  2. 2 :  a state of suspended animation :  torpor

swoony

play \ˈswü-nē\ adjective


Examples of swoon in a sentence

  1. <she wandered about in a swoon for several days after receiving the tragic news>

  2. <fell into a swoon at the sight of the handsome movie star>



13th Century

First Known Use of swoon

13th century

Rhymes with swoon


SWOON Defined for Kids

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swoon

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verb \ˈswün\

Definition of swoon for Students

swooned

swooning

  1. :  2faint




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swoon

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noun

Definition of swoon for Students

  1. :  3faint





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