\ 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



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

Other Words from swoon


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


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Your luxury-loving brother-in-law will swoon over this super plush bathrobe. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 4 May 2022 History will remember her as the first woman to serve as America's Secretary of State, while the fashionistas will forever swoon over her brooches. Douglas Brinkley, CBS News, 27 Mar. 2022 The flirtatious track, produced by B-One, DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz, and Raphy Pina, is a playful dembow about two men who are trying to swoon the same girl. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 25 Feb. 2022 Art deco buffs will swoon for details like oak parquet flooring, custom tilework in the bathrooms, and bespoke furnishings upholstered with 1930s Norwegian motifs. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 2022 No matter what your budget is, there's a gift the Lilly fan in your life is sure to swoon over. Jayla Andrulonis, PEOPLE.com, 2 Dec. 2021 In the years leading up to their fateful encounter in the presidential race, Christie had, at least among Republicans, cultivated a breakout persona and gotten the media to swoon over his brash, no-nonsense ways. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 12 Nov. 2021 Olive & June mani-pedi system Get ready to swoon over the products, the colors — and what many users say is the single best nail polish remover ever invented. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 But any fans at Forest Hills inclined to swoon over Patty were disappointed. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wife from ever quite rising to the level of swoon-worthy. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2022 The fun part being teenagehood, of course—that of first crushes, first kisses, first flings—the kind of swoon-worthy milestones that straight characters have enjoyed without the baggage of having to define their sexuality. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 And doesn't that just sound like the makings of an epic, swoon-worthy summer romance? Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 6 May 2022 Most analysts blamed the recent swoon in equities on a more hawkish Federal Reserve. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 Verdant cliffs pulled double duty, catering to the acoustics and the swoon-worthy scenery. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 And while the rest of the fictional boy band wasn’t there to perform with him, Finneas’ sultry delivery was equally as swoon-worthy on its own. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 18 Apr. 2022 The era of these prequels, it should be noted, is the late 1920s, which gives everyone an excuse to dress in swell, swoon-worthy period garb. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2022 The soulful, swoon-worthy John Legend, joined by Ukrainian performers in a gut-wrenching tribute to the country, now under attack from Russia. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swoon


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


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

History and Etymology for swoon


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

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

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