swoon

verb
\ ˈswün How to pronounce swoon (audio) \
swooned; swooning; swoons

Definition of swoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : faint
b : to become enraptured swooning with joy
2 : droop, fade

swoon

noun

Definition of swoon (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a partial or total loss of consciousness
b : a state of bewilderment or ecstasy : daze, rapture
2 : a state of suspended animation : torpor

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Other Words from swoon

Verb

swooner noun
swooningly \ ˈswü-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce swooningly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

swoony \ ˈswü-​nē How to pronounce swoony (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for swoon

Synonyms: Verb

black out, conk (out), faint, keel (over), pass out

Synonyms: Noun

daze, dazedness, fog, haze, muddle, spin

Antonyms: Verb

come around, come round, come to, revive

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Examples of swoon in a Sentence

Verb

She almost swooned from fright. whenever the young woman swooned, she always seemed to manage falling into the arms of a good-looking man

Noun

she wandered about in a swoon for several days after receiving the tragic news fell into a swoon at the sight of the handsome movie star
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But when the stock market swooned amid trade jitters late last year, Mr. Trump stepped up pressure on his deputies to reach an accord with Beijing. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Officials Play Down Appearance of Rift Between Trump and Lighthizer on Trade," 23 Feb. 2019 Picture a man swooning and raging with all the passions of youth. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Schumann: The Faces and the Masks’ Review: A Dreamer at the Piano," 14 Sep. 2018 Archy Marshall’s swooning vocals flicker in and out like a candle’s flame in this intimate ballad. Nicole Demarco, Harper's BAZAAR, "28 Songs That Probably Aren't on Your Sex Playlist (But Should Be)," 8 Oct. 2018 Getty Images Earlier this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in London for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition in London, and the world collectively swooned over the Duchess of Sussex’s latest wardrobe choice. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Designer House of Nonie Talks the Meghan Markle Effect After the Duchess Wore Her Pink Trench Dress," 19 July 2018 The track begins bare, carried by a subtle bassline and pulsing kick drums as the vocalist swoons serenely. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Kasbo's Single 'Your Tempo' Is a Dreamy Breath of Fresh Air," 13 Feb. 2018 While royal watchers were swooning over this morning's slew of Christmas cards, Prince William was busy attending to his official duties. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Read the Speech Prince William Delivered at the Sovereign's Parade," 14 Dec. 2018 Sure, Americans cooled on station wagons, but sales also swooned because companies stopped making them. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 Its members don't go on stage with instruments like the aforementioned bands and couldn't care less if boys swoon over them. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Dreamcatcher Is the Goth-Inspired Girl Group Shaking Up the K-Pop World," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Much like our Lord and Savior Rihanna, Met Gala standbys Blake Lively and husband/arm candy Ryan Reynolds failed to make an appearance at the 2019 event, depriving the masses of a swoon-worthy gown and some very cute PDA. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Missed the 2019 Met Gala and People Are Not Pleased," 7 May 2019 Paris Couture Week always offers an array of swoon-worthy gowns to lust over. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow-in-the-Dark Heels Are Here to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True," 22 Jan. 2019 Without any hesitation, Harry came straight over to the little boy and shook his hand — which, of course, caused the delighted crowd of parents to swoon. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Meghan Markle Go Out of Her Way to Grab Prince Harry's Attention in This Adorable Clip," 1 Feb. 2019 An intimate tour of the Casa Dragones private guest house follows the tasting, which interior design lovers can expect to swoon over. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 The singer showed up to the 2019 Oscars in a swoon-worthy pink tulle gown by Giambattista Valli Couture, landing herself as one of the most unexpected red carpet winners of the night. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kacey Musgraves Is a Cotton Candy Dream at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Microsoft, now the world’s largest public company following Apple’s recent swoon and a pullback in Amazon shares, will report results after the market closes Wednesday, a few hours after the Fed releases its latest policy statement. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Overlap of Tech Earnings, Trade Talks, Fed Meeting Will Test Stocks," 27 Jan. 2019 Luckily, this year, swoon-worthy showpieces abound in the form of small treasures: Gucci’s cultish decorative candles, a limited-edition Alaïa perfume in a supersize bottle, and, oh, so much more. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "11 Hit Beauty Gifts for the Friend Who Has Everything," 28 Nov. 2018 The explanation is much deeper than swoon-worthy looks or tight dance moves, but instead, their music connecting fans (known as the ARMY) from all over the world and the member's devotion to their craft. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Movie "Burn the Stage" Shows the Group's Unwavering Dedication to Their Music," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of swoon

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swoon

Verb

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

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The first known use of swoon was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for swoon

swoon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swoon

: to become very excited about someone or something
old-fashioned : to suddenly become unconscious

swoon

verb
\ ˈswün How to pronounce swoon (audio) \
swooned; swooning

Kids Definition of swoon

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swoon

noun

Kids Definition of swoon (Entry 2 of 2)

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