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Swoon (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Swooned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Swooning.] [OE. swounen, swoghenen, for swonien, fr. swoen to sigh deeply, to droop, AS. swogan to sough, sigh; cf. geswogen senseless, swooned, geswowung a swooning. Cf. Sough.]

To sink into a fainting fit, in which there is an apparent suspension of the vital functions and mental powers; to faint; -- often with away.

The sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. Lam. ii. 11.

The most in years . . . swooned first away for pain. Dryden.

He seemed ready to swoon away in the surprise of joy. Tatler.


© Webster 1913.

Swoon, n.

A fainting fit; syncope.


© Webster 1913.