Definition of swoon in English:


Syllabification: swoon
Pronunciation: /swo͞on


[no object]
1Faint from extreme emotion: I don’t want a nurse who swoons at the sight of blood
More example sentences
  • For a moment, I grew a bit faint at the sight and swooned, but I quickly gathered up my strength.
  • People swoon and faint when I casually mention that I don't have a mobile phone.
  • He had never met a woman who wouldn't swoon at the sight or mention of death.
1.1Be emotionally affected by someone or something that one admires; become ecstatic: teenagers swoon over Japanese pop singers
More example sentences
  • The wheel of fashion turned full circle during London Fashion Week, with the best designers convincing audiences to swoon over collections they would have balked at this time last year.
  • All of us have watched her swoon over many different male characters in movies, and then we have watched the male characters swoon over her at least a dozen times.
  • It's great that we swoon over the relationships we see in romantic comedies and cheesy sitcoms, but real life isn't like that.


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An occurrence of fainting: her strength ebbed away and she fell into a swoon
More example sentences
  • Hero is publicly denounced by Claudio on her wedding day, falls into a swoon, and apparently dies.
  • This would further be followed by epileptic fits, swoons, faints, wails and finally a happy reunion.
  • With great difficulty I refrained from falling to the ground in a heart-stopping swoon and gave a little wave.


Middle English: the verb from obsolete swown 'fainting', the noun from aswoon 'in a faint', both from Old English geswōgen 'overcome'.

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