To swoon is to faint, due to lack of blood to the brain. Illness, fear, stress, and even happiness can cause people to swoon.

  • Pronunciation: /swun/

  • English description: pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  • Synonyms: faint
  • Chinese Translation: 昏晕(hun1 yun1)
  • Spanish Translation: desmayarse
  • ORIGIN: Swoon is an old-fashioned way to say "pass out": back in the day, ladies in corsets were always swooning at the slightest stress or smallest nod from a handsome man. Although this word technically means "to faint," today it has more of a positive connotation and isn't used so literally — people say they swoon when they encounter something so wonderful it makes them dizzy with joy. Chocolate cupcakes, the perfect dress, or a stellar home run could make you swoon.


Soon after, pundits swooned anyway – ironically disproving the point – declaring Rubio the debate’s big winner and his party’s all-but-certain nominee. After the romancing, dancing and swooning, came the street-fighting, broken bones and broken hearts.

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