An example of to swoon is how women reacted when seeing The Beatles in person.
- to faint
- to feel strong, esp. rapturous, emotion
Origin of swoonMiddle English swounen, probably back-formation from swoweninge, swooning, present participle of iswowen from Old English geswogen, unconscious, past participle of an unverified form swogan from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- an act or instance of swooning
- Informal a period of poor performance: a summer swoon in the economy
intransitive verbswooned, swoon·ing, swoons
- To faint.
- To be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy.
- A fainting spell; syncope.
- A state of ecstasy or rapture.
Origin of swoonMiddle English swounen probably from iswowen in a swoon from Old English geswōgen past participle of *swōgan to suffocate
- A faint.
- An infatuation
(third-person singular simple present swoons, present participle swooning, simple past and past participle swooned)
From Middle English swownen, swonen (“to faint”), and Middle English aswoune (“in a swoon”), both ultimately from Old English ġeswōgen (“insensible, senseless, dead”), past participle of swōgan (“to make a sound, overrun, suffocate”) (compare Old English āswōgan (“to cover over, overcome”)), from Proto-Germanic *swōganą (“to make a noise”), from Proto-Indo-European *swāghe- (“to shout”). Cognate with Low German swogen (“to sigh, groan”), Dutch zwoegen (“to groan, breathe heavily”), Norwegian dialectal søgja (“to whistle, hum, talk loudly”). More at sough.