Definition of swoon in English:


Pronunciation /swo͞on/ /swun/

Translate swoon into Spanish

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Faint from extreme emotion.

    ‘he swooned at the sight of blood on his hero's sleeve’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She struggled to her feet with grim determination, took one wobbly step, swooned and collapsed.’
    • ‘It was the closest I had ever come to fainting; in fact, it was hard not to swoon dead away.’
    pass out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, black out, collapse
    1. 1.1Be emotionally affected by someone or something that one admires; become ecstatic.
      ‘teenagers swoon over Japanese pop singers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The girls swoon over this tall, dark and handsome man who needs a translator.’
      • ‘I may have to revise my claims that I don't swoon over living artists to the same extent as I do the dead.’
      • ‘Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear.’
      • ‘Gone are the newly adolescent girls who giggle at boys and swoon over American Idol stars.’
      • ‘I realize that most women would probably swoon over your good looks and charming wit.’
      • ‘His biceps bulged; his abdomen rippled and the mere sight of him made the faint-hearted swoon.’
      • ‘Sometimes, it made me feel a little sick to see all of those women swooning over my mother.’
      • ‘It makes me seem like some weak maiden who swoons at the sight of every attractive guy she sees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several girls practically swoon from the sight of him, and to tell you the truth I can't help but stare at him myself.’
      • ‘It's got just about everything: wonderful themes, splendid virtuosic writing, great orchestral color, moments to make you swoon or drop your jaw.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He never missed the opportunity to show off the good looks his Italian mother gave him, and girls were always swooning over him.’
      • ‘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.’


  • An occurrence of fainting.

    ‘I fell down in a swoon’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, my frantic eye-fluttering demonstrations merely provoked inquiries after my contact lenses rather than the swoons of desire I had anticipated.’
    • ‘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


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