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 swoon (audio) \ adverb

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for swoon

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Your favorite pet parent will absolutely swoon over these custom silhouette portraits! Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 thoughtful personalized gifts you can buy from Minted," 10 Nov. 2020 The only good thing about today is being able to swoon over @SteveKornacki all night. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "An Ode To Steve Kornacki & His Khakis," 6 Nov. 2020 The Cubs began to swoon by early September and after losing eight of nine, Piniella’s postgame rant about his players’ lack of aggressiveness could be heard all over the clubhouse. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "With the Cubs and White Sox both in first place, 2 veteran reporters flashback to 2008 — the last time Chicago dreamt of a Crosstown World Series," 2 Sep. 2020 Freight rates have swooned amid gathering indications that demand for cargoes will slump. Haidi Lun, Bloomberg.com, "Commodity Shippers Face ‘Crisis in Demand’ on Virus Outbreak," 10 May 2020 Freight rates have swooned amid gathering indications that demand for cargoes will slump. Bloomberg.com, "Hospital Says Chinese Doctor Has Officially Died: Virus Update," 27 Mar. 2020 The Michelin guide has long been accused of elevating French food above other cuisines, for example, just as Academy Award voters are known to swoon over period dramas and actresses wearing facial prosthetics. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The secret to creative success is to stop caring about recognition," 8 Jan. 2020 The oversized safety and bolt release are ungainly, and who’s going to swoon over yet another black plastic stock? John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Muhammad bin Salman, its crown prince, expected investors to swoon over the company’s rich reserves, low costs and $111bn in annual net income. The Economist, "Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the biggest ever," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What gives this traditional treat a distinctly Rocha streak, however, is its swoon-worthy shape. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Simone Rocha Shares Her Heart-Shaped Cake Recipe—Just in Time for Valentine’s Day," 26 Jan. 2021 At this point, most of my friends had heard some version of the swoon story. Carole Radziwill, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill's Christmas Quest: Searching for Liam Neeson," 22 Dec. 2020 Some even see the swoon as a perfectly understandable and necessary correction. Fortune, "Bitcoin bombs lower, touching the dreaded $30,000 range," 22 Jan. 2021 Before the show started, and in front of the press and Ed Sullivan himself, Presley flashed his swoon-worthy smile, rolled up his sleeves and let a New York state official stick a needle loaded up with the polio vaccine in his arm. Hal Hershfield, Scientific American, "How Elvis Got Americans to Accept the Polio Vaccine," 18 Jan. 2021 Is there anything more swoon-worthy than a couple holding hands while walking through a snowy park? Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Ways to Say 'I Love You' Include Creative Gifts and Gestures," 13 Jan. 2021 Debra Messing and Carol Burnett swoon over their idol, but the real fireworks in this documentary are between Ball and longtime partner Desi Arnaz. Star Tribune, "Buckle up for 'Class Action Park': 10 best to watch, read or hear this week," 10 Sep. 2020 Coming off losses to LSU and Alabama, the Gators also look to end a late-season swoon and pick up their third straight win in a New Year’s Six bowl. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF QB Kyle Trask ready to lead undermanned Gators against Oklahoma," 29 Dec. 2020 The swoon also coincided with broader stock-index declines as investors grew jittery about worsening coronavirus cases in the U.K and stricter lockdown measures. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tesla Stock Slides on First Day of Trading in S&P 500," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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“Swoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoon. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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