swoon

verb
\ ˈswün \
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 \ adverb

Noun

swoony \ˈswü-nē \ adjective

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

The Can’t-Miss Experience: Bibliophiles and architecture lovers alike will swoon over the public library in nearby Dijon, where locals still go to check out their weekly reads. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 Victoria Eggs Royal Wedding Tea Towel Guests will swoon for this charming tea towel, specially handmade to celebrate Harry and Meghan's nuptials. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "12 Essentials for Hosting the Best Royal Wedding Party," 14 May 2018 While privacy advocates are swooning over the new rules, the reality is that the new regulations will harm not only the organizations that must comply with them, but consumers—the very people the GDPR is intended to help. Daniel Castro, Fortune, "Why the GDPR Will Make Your Online Experience Worse," 23 May 2018 Naturally, this sweet interaction between the father and his older kids had everyone on Twitter swooning. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Prince William Praising Charlotte and George's Etiquette Skills During the Royal Christening Is Everything," 9 July 2018 Everyone cannot help but swoon over the loving couple, admiring their relationship. Olivia St. John, Woman's Day, "WATCH: The Beautiful Love Story Behind This Viral Video Will Melt Your Heart," 2 Oct. 2015 In this case, John swoons for a certain set of aquamarine pools accented with bright red flowers. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Summer Bar Soap Looks Like a Steve McQueen Pool Party," 29 June 2018 Stocks initially swooned on the news Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling as much as 281 points before paring some of its losses. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Where are consumers in the U.S. - China trade dispute? Right in the crosshairs," 15 June 2018 Shares of some Chinese companies have swooned after coming under scrutiny from U.S. authorities. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Chinese Stocks Have Been Money-Losing Bets This Year," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite a June swoon that has dropped his batting average into the low .200s, Harper remained in third place among NL outfielders in the fan vote to start the game, according to the tabulations Major League Baseball released Monday. Jorge Castillo, chicagotribune.com, "His All-Star spot no longer in doubt, Bryce Harper will swing away in Home Run Derby," 3 July 2018 Americans’ wealth surpassed the $100 trillion mark for the first time in early 2018, as rising home prices offset the hit to households’ assets from a stock-market swoon in the first quarter. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Americans’ Wealth Surpasses $100 Trillion," 7 June 2018 Her swoon-worthy dress was designed by Christian Siriano, who also designed wedding looks for Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley and her wife Lauren Morelli for their wedding in March 2017. Chazz Inniss, PEOPLE.com, "See Pretty Little Liars Star Sasha Pieterse's Christian Siriano Wedding Gown from Every Angle," 30 May 2018 Some investors said the technology sector in particular remained susceptible to a swoon, given how bullish investors had gotten toward the group. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Surge as Trade Worries Ease," 26 Mar. 2018 How much of his late-season swoon was due to the physical rigors of the season? Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "NBA Draft Stock Watch: Who is Rising and Falling After the First Weekend of March Madness?," 19 Mar. 2018 Barkley then jumped in, wondering acerbically just how highly the committee had ranked Oklahoma before its swoon. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "Charles Barkley, Dick Vitale rip into Oklahoma's selection for NCAA tournament," 11 Mar. 2018 During their current five-game swoon, the Flyers are 2 for 24 on the power play, going 1 for 5 in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Bruins. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Flyers' success with power play has dried up during important stretch," 9 Mar. 2018 In the Big 12, Oklahoma State is making a move, while Oklahoma has continued its second half season swoon that surely has the selection committee on the spot. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "College Basketball 2018: Games to watch this weekend, March 8-11 (video)," 8 Mar. 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

: to suddenly become unconscious

swoon

verb
\ ˈswün \
swooned; swooning

Kids Definition of swoon

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swoon

noun

Kids Definition of swoon (Entry 2 of 2)

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