Definition of swoon in US English:



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  • 1Faint from extreme emotion.

    ‘he swooned at the sight of blood on his hero's sleeve’
    • ‘It was the closest I had ever come to fainting; in fact, it was hard not to swoon dead away.’
    • ‘He had never met a woman who wouldn't swoon at the sight or mention of death.’
    • ‘People swoon and faint when I casually mention that I don't have a mobile phone.’
    • ‘She struggled to her feet with grim determination, took one wobbly step, swooned and collapsed.’
    • ‘For a moment, I grew a bit faint at the sight and swooned, but I quickly gathered up my strength.’
    pass out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, black out, collapse
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    1. 1.1 Be emotionally affected by someone or something that one admires; become ecstatic.
      ‘teenagers swoon over Japanese pop singers’
      • ‘No doubt the Indian ladies had swooned at the sight of him.’
      • ‘I had hoped that my roommate would not have been one of those girls who swooned at the sight of those two ignoramuses.’
      • ‘The thought made me swoon with disbelief, so after eight songs had passed, I wasn't sure if it was the twelve cups of punch or the dance that was making me delirious.’
      • ‘He gave me his famous lopsided smile and I suddenly knew what it felt like to be one of those girls who swooned at the sight of him.’
      • ‘Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear.’
      • ‘He never missed the opportunity to show off the good looks his Italian mother gave him, and girls were always swooning over him.’
      • ‘It's got just about everything: wonderful themes, splendid virtuosic writing, great orchestral color, moments to make you swoon or drop your jaw.’
      • ‘The girls swoon over this tall, dark and handsome man who needs a translator.’
      • ‘His biceps bulged; his abdomen rippled and the mere sight of him made the faint-hearted swoon.’
      • ‘If ever she was to become a lady, and if ever she was to meet him again, she would treat him with coolness and set herself apart from all the foolish ladies who would swoon at the sight of him.’
      • ‘It makes me seem like some weak maiden who swoons at the sight of every attractive guy she sees.’
      • ‘I may have to revise my claims that I don't swoon over living artists to the same extent as I do the dead.’
      • ‘Gone are the newly adolescent girls who giggle at boys and swoon over American Idol stars.’
      • ‘It's great that we swoon over the relationships we see in romantic comedies and cheesy sitcoms, but real life isn't like that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes, it made me feel a little sick to see all of those women swooning over my mother.’
      • ‘Several girls practically swoon from the sight of him, and to tell you the truth I can't help but stare at him myself.’
      • ‘I realize that most women would probably swoon over your good looks and charming wit.’
      • ‘Never without his denim jacket, loose white shirt, and dark, black Levis, all the girls swooned at the sight of his puppy-dog-brown eyes and combed back brown hair.’


  • An occurrence of fainting.

    ‘I fell down in a swoon’
    • ‘However, my frantic eye-fluttering demonstrations merely provoked inquiries after my contact lenses rather than the swoons of desire I had anticipated.’
    • ‘This would further be followed by epileptic fits, swoons, faints, wails and finally a happy reunion.’
    • ‘Hero is publicly denounced by Claudio on her wedding day, falls into a swoon, and apparently dies.’
    • ‘With great difficulty I refrained from falling to the ground in a heart-stopping swoon and gave a little wave.’
    • ‘The city slicker high school boy with good looks, a girl and enough attitude to burn, appears with aforementioned bike, impresses his mates and sends the girl into a swoon.’
    fainting fit, blackout, fainting, faint, passing out, loss of consciousness
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Middle English: the verb from obsolete swown ‘fainting’, the noun from aswoon ‘in a faint’, both from Old English geswōgen ‘overcome’.