swíma
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
swíma
an; m. I. swimming in the head, dizziness, giddiness, vertigo 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. , II. a state of unconsciousness, a swoon Licgan on swíman to lie unconscious, Judth Thw. 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. ] v. heáfod-swíma.
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