from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To faint.
- intransitive v. To be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy.
- n. A fainting spell; syncope. See Synonyms at blackout.
- n. A state of ecstasy or rapture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A faint.
- n. An infatuation
- v. to faint, to lose consciousness
- v. to be overwhelmed by emotion (especially infatuation)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. 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.
- n. A fainting fit; syncope.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To faint.
- To steal upon like a swoon; approach like faintness.
- n. The act of swooning, or the state of one who has swooned; a fainting-fit; syncope; lipothymy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
- v. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
Middle English swounen, probably from iswowen, in a swoon, from Old English geswōgen, past participle of *swōgan, to suffocate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *swōganan (“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. (Wiktionary)