from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a faint or swoon: fairly aswoon with delight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a swoon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a swoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a swoon.


Middle English aswowne, ultimately from Old English geswōgen, fainted, past participle of *swōgan, to lose consciousness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
a- +‎ swoon (Wiktionary)


  • By the way, the Ladies at the Insurance Job are all aswoon over you and this stove.

    the dry conflagration of seasoned elm

  • Then Marjanah dismounted from her horse, and Al – Ghazban did in like sort, and they made fast the bridles and helped the Princess to dismount, for she was aswoon from excess of anguish.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • At this sight Isa fell down aswoon, and when he came to himself, Allah spake to him by inspiration, saying, ‘O Isa, hast thou seen the fish and comprehended its length and its breadth?’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When Hasan saw her in this state of torment and misery and ignominy and infamy, he wept till he fainted; and when he recovered he saw his children playing and their mother aswoon for excess of pain; so he took the cap from his head and the children saw him and cried out, “O our father!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Presently, it seemed to him he beheld her form before him, whereupon fires flamed in him and his griefs redoubled and he fell down aswoon; — And

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The press, all aswoon over McCain's manliness -- many of whom obsess over this because they're still working out their Boomer man-issues -- claimed that General Clark was somehow "attacking" Senator McCain or even more hallucinegenically "swift-boating" him.

    Archive 2008-06-29

  • She dances like the moonlight -- light, languorous, aswoon.

    Perpetual Light : a memorial

  • Into the valley aswoon, listening to the harmony of night.

    Sandhya Songs of Twilight

  • And when Clement heard that, anon he began to weep, and advised him, and took up his mother which was fallen down aswoon and began to know her.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6

  • And when she heard that, she fell down aswoon for joy.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6


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  • In a swoon or faint. to fall aswoon: to faint away.

    c1400 Rom. Rose 1804 A-swoone I felle, bothe deed & pale.

    1865 CARLYLE Fredk. Gt. III. VIII. iii. 15 Wilhelmina, faint, fasting, sleepless all night, fairly falls aswoon.
    (from OED online)

    February 6, 2007