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  • noun [ masculine ]
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swíma, an; m.
Wright's OE grammar
swimming in the head, dizziness, giddiness, vertigo
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  • Hí áscamode swiciaþ on swíman

    ashamed they wander dizzily,

      Exon. Th. 79, 33 ; Cri. 1300.
  • Wið ðone swíman, nim . . . and cnuca . . . wyrta . . . ofgeót mid wætere . . . nim ðone wǽtan and lafa ðen heáfod,

      Lchdm, iii. 48, 3. ,
a state of unconsciousness, a swoon
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  • Licgan on swíman to lie unconscious, Judth


      21, 22; Jud. 30 - 23, 5 ; Jud. 106.
[For to wacken him (Lazarus in the grave) of his suime (swyme), C. M. 14201. Halliwell gives three instances of the word, in the following phrases, to fall in swyme, to lie in swyme, to come as in swyme. (In these four passages swyme rimes with tyme. ) He also gives swimy = giddy in the head, as a Sussex word (v. also E. D. S. Pub. C. 4, where swimy or swimy-headed=- giddy, is given as a Surrey word) ; and swimer a hard blow as used in Devonshire. O. Frs. swirna giddiness, swoon : Du. zwijm swoon: Icel. svimi; liggja í svima to lie in a swoon, slá i svima to stun: Dan. svime a swoon; svime-slag a stunning blow. ]
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v. heáfod-swíma.
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  • swíma, n.